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!

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