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Shy-Drager Syndrome Overview

What is Shy-Drager syndrome?
A person with Shy-Drager syndrome has a rare disease that causes damage to the nerves that control involuntary functions, such as breathing, heartbeat, digestion, and blood pressure. The cause for Shy-Drager syndrome is unknown, but it may be related to the over-production of a protein in the brain. Shy-Drager syndrome starts in adulthood, and slowly worsens.

What are the symptoms of Shy-Drager syndrome?
The most common symptoms of Shy-Drager syndrome include dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness, which are worse after standing from a sitting position. Additional symptoms of Shy-Drager syndrome include tremor, muscle aches and stiffness, slow movement, difficulty swallowing, difficulty walking, difficulty speaking, abnormal posture, blurry vision, urinary incontinence, impotence, confusion, and fainting. Symptoms of severe Shy Drager syndrome include difficulty breathing that results in respiratory failure.

How does the doctor treat Shy-Drager syndrome?
Treatment for Shy-Drager syndrome may include plenty of liquids, elastic support stockings, and a high fiber diet. Additional treatment for Shy-Drager syndrome may include corticosteroid medications, as well as medications for low blood pressure, tremor, urinary incontinence, and impotence.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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