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J Korean Acad Rehabil Med. 2002 Feb;26(1):94-98. Korean. Original Article.
Lee JE , Cheong JY , Lee SJ , Shin HS , Yoon TS .
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea, Korea. ipray@hosanna.net
Abstract

Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is an idiopathic neurodegenerative disorder involving many neuronal structures. It is a heterogeneous system disorder affecting extrapyramidal, cerebellar and autonomic nervous system. Only a minority of MSA patients are diagnosed before reaching the full blown stage. Its autonomic features like orthostatic hypotension, vocal cord paralysis are directly related to mortality. Up to now, rehabilitation of MSA patients had been rarely reported. Early, proper diagnosis and comprehensive rehabilitation for their heterogeneous clinical features are important. We experienced 54 year old hemiplegic paient who overlaps MSA. He showed some improvement in ADL and cerebellar symptoms after comprehensive rehabilitation programs.

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