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NINDS Striatonigral Degeneration Information Page


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What is Striatonigral Degeneration?

Striatonigral degeneration is a neurological disorder caused by a disruption in the connection between two areas of the brain-the striatum and the substantia nigra. These two areas work together to enable balance and movement. Striatonigral degeneration is a type of multiple system atrophy (MSA). Symptoms of the disorder resemble some of those seen in Parkinson's disease, including rigidity, instability, impaired speech, and slow movements.

Is there any treatment?

There is no cure for striatonigral degeneration, and treatments for the disorder have variable success. Treatments used for Parkinson's disease are recommended. However, unlike Parkinson's disease, striatonigral degeneration is not responsive to levodopa. Dopamine and anticholinergics provide some benefit. Generally, treatment is reevaluated as the disorder progresses.

What is the prognosis?

Striatonigral degeneration progresses slowly. Some patients have normal life expectancy.

What research is being done?

The NINDS supports and conducts research on disorders of the brain and nervous system such as striatonigral degeneration. This research focuses on finding ways to prevent and treat these disorders.

NIH Patient Recruitment for Striatonigral Degeneration Clinical Trials

Organizations

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National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
55 Kenosia Avenue
Danbury, CT   06810
orphan@rarediseases.org
http://www.rarediseases.org
Tel: 203-744-0100 Voice Mail 800-999-NORD (6673)
Fax: 203-798-2291

American Parkinson Disease Association
135 Parkinson Avenue
Staten Island, NY   10305-1425
apda@apdaparkinson.org
http://www.apdaparkinson.org
Tel: 718-981-8001 800-223-2732 Young Onset Center: 877-223-3801
Fax: 718-981-4399

National Parkinson Foundation
201 SE 1st Street
Suite 800
Miami, FL   33137
helpline@parkinson.org
http://www.parkinson.org
Tel: 800-473-4636
Fax: 305-243-5595

Parkinson's Action Network (PAN)
1025 Vermont Ave., NW
Suite 1120
Washington, DC   20005
info@parkinsonsaction.org
http://www.parkinsonsaction.org
Tel: 800-850-4726 202-638-4101
Fax: 202-638-7257

Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF)
1359 Broadway
Suite 1509
New York, NY   10018
info@pdf.org
http://www.pdf.org
Tel: 212-923-4700 800-457-6676
Fax: 212-923-4778

The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition
9935-D Rea Road
Charlotte, NC   28227
vjames@msacoalition.org
http://www.multiple-system-atrophy.org
Tel: 866-737-5999



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Last updated December 5, 2013