Multiple system atrophy

Here you'll find our current definition of the critical illness, additional condition or child specific condition we cover. We've also listed any previous definitions we may have had. With each new definition we've highlighted what's changed from the previous definition.

Current definition

October 2016

The separate definition of Multiple system atrophy was removed in October 2016 as this condition is now included under the new definition: Parkinson plus syndromes.

Change from the previous definition

This definition has been removed.

Previous definitions

Multiple system atrophy – resulting in permanent symptoms

A definite diagnosis of multiple system atrophy confirmed by a consultant neurologist. There must be evidence of disease progression and permanent clinical impairment of:

  • motor function with associated rigidity of movement, or
  • the ability to coordinate muscle movement, or
  • bladder control and postural hypotension.