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Common and Distinguishing Features

Similarities to Parkinsonism: As both Parkinson and MSA are characterized by deposits by a type of protein known as alpha-synuclein in the nervous system

Unique Features: MSA affects several areas of brain including the cerebellum, your brain's balance and coordination centers & autonomic nervous system.

Another Distinguishing Features: Parkinson's disease affects the dopamine-producing neurons of a motor controlling portion of the brain.