The Journal of Bucharest College of Physicians and the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences

A Case of Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) – First Presentation in a Psychiatry Service


A 67 years old female developed cognitive defficits, depression and anxiety as first symptoms of multiple system atrophy (MSA). In the course of an year autonomic failure, parkinsonism and cerebellar ataxia also developed. The case is particular because of the somatic symptoms that were initially categorised as psychogenic, the presence of confusional and vertigo episodes that were recurring but not permanent.