Alternate Names : Shy-McGee-Drager Syndrome, Neurological Orthostatic Hypotension
A person with Shy-Drager syndrome has an abnormally functioning
autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls many
involuntary functions of the body, including blood pressure and heart rate.
What is going on in the body?
Shy-Drager syndrome is somewhat similar to Parkinson's disease, but causes more
extensive damage in the body. There is widespread degeneration of many parts
of the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary activities of the
body such as blood pressure.
What are the causes and risks of the disease?
The exact cause of Shy-Drager
syndrome is not known. It is more common in people older than 60 years and
occurs more frequently in males.