Multiple system atrophy is a disease of the nervous system that leads to premature death. It resultsin parts of the brain and spinal cord gradually becoming more damaged over time.

Italso causesagradual loss of brain cells from theautonomic nervous system the nervous system in charge of automatic functions we don't have to think about,like breathing and bladder control.

Thisresults ina wide range of symptoms, including the muscle control problems seen in Parkinson's disease .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 4 Jan 2017