Sunday, February 15, 2015

Multiple system atrophy (Shy Drager syndrome) mnemonic

Multiple system atrophy with orthostatic hypotension is the current classification for a neurological disorder that was once called Shy-Drager syndrome. I'll be sharing a mnemonic for this syndrome today!

Imagine a guy who has urinary incontinence (That's why he is shy!). He puts (or parks) his dagger knife (drager) into his brain (Cerebellum, to be precise).

So the mnemonic goes:
SHy Parked his Drager into his Cerebellum.

S: System atrophy (Multiple system atrophy)
H: Hypotension
Y: Why is he shy? Urinary involvement (urgency/incontinence).
Also remember autonomic symptoms like constipation, sexual impotence, vision disturbances, difficulty breathing and swallowing, sleep disturbances, and decreased sweating.

Parked: Symptoms of Parkinson's disease such as slow movement, stiff muscles, and tremor.

Cerebellum: Cerebellar problems like coordination and speech.

That's all!

1 comment:

  1. Very informative blog. Atrophy referred to the brain is losing neurons and functional connectivity. Here is an article Atrophy in the brain share detailed information. Thanks for sharing information on multiple system atrophy.


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