About this Research Topic
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is characterized clinically by the combination of autonomic, cerebellar, and extrapyramidal dysfunction. The presence of autonomic dysfunction is mandatory for the diagnosis of MSA. The detailed examination of autonomic symptoms and autonomic function test is necessary for the evaluation of autonomic dysfunction in MSA. It is of crucial importance to neurologists to deepen their understanding of clinical characteristics of autonomic symptoms in MSA and utility and limitation of autonomic function test in its diagnosing.
Autonomic dysfunctions in MSA patients are yet not fully understood by neurologists who are not specialized in movement disorders. Additionally, autonomic dysfunctions are usually difficult to evaluate for general neurologists. Although the presence and the severity of urinary dysfunctions is very important for the diagnosis and management of MSA, the majority of neurologist are probably not able to correctly diagnose urinary dysfunction present in MSA.
Because diagnostic criteria for MSA might be revised soon and the relevance of autonomic tests in diagnosing MSA might be emphasized, the goal of the present topic is to shed light on autonomic dysfunctions in MSA for all neurologists.
Thus, topic editors will welcome any types of manuscripts - research article, brief research article, review, and mini-review- about, but not limited to the following themes:
• Detailed description of clinical characteristics of autonomic symptoms in MSA;
• Utility and limitation of autonomic function tests in diagnosing MSA;
• Detailed understanding of urinary dysfunction relevant to the diagnosis and management of MSA.
Keywords: Multiple system atrophy, autonomic symptoms, autonomic function tests, urinary dysfunction, urodynamic findings
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