How do you die from Multiple System Atrophy?

How do you die from Multiple System Atrophy?

In summary, all patients with MSA died from disease‐related events, with sudden death and infections being the most common. We propose that careful screening for laryngeal stridor, neurogenic bladder dysfunction and dysphagia with aggressive treatment may increase total survival time in patients with MSA.

What causes sudden death in MSA patients?

Laryngeal stridor is an important and frequently observed clinical manifestation in MSA (Isozaki et al., 1996). The obstruction of the upper airway due to impaired laryngeal function results in laryngeal stridor, and has been suggested to cause sudden death in patients with MSA.

What are the first signs of Multiple System Atrophy?

What are the symptoms of MSA? Most often, the first clinical symptom a patient will note will be lightheadedness, dizziness, and episodes of passing out, but the first symptoms in some patients may include difficulty initiating movement, body stiffness, urinary incontinence, and increased falls.

Is multiple system atrophy fatal?

Multiple system atrophy is a progressive, fatal disorder that makes muscles stiff (rigid) and causes problems with movement, loss of coordination, and malfunction of internal body processes (such as blood pressure and bladder control).

What is the life expectancy of a person with MSA?

People typically live about seven to 10 years after multiple system atrophy symptoms first appear. However, the survival rate with MSA varies widely. Occasionally, people can live for 15 years or longer with the disease. Death is often due to respiratory problems.

What is the prognosis for someone with MSA?

There’s currently no cure for MSA and no way of slowing its progression. People with the condition typically live for 6 to 9 years after their symptoms start and may get worse quickly during this time. Some people may live for more than 10 years after being diagnosed.