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Unified Multiple System Atrophy Rating Scale (UMSARS)


Unified Multiple System Atrophy Rating Scale

Acronym: UMSARS, Unified MSA Rating Scale

Authors: Gregor K. Wenning, Francois Tison, Klaus Seppi, Cristina Sampaio, Anja Diem, Farid Yekhlef, Imad Ghorayeb, Fabienne Ory, Monique Galitzky, Tommaso Scaravilli, Maria Bozi, Carlo Colosimo, Sid Gilman, Clifford W. Shults, Niall P. Quinn, Olivier Rascol, Werner Poewe, and the Multiple System Atrophy Study Group

The Unified Multiple System Atrophy Rating Scale (UMSARS) was developed to provide a surrogate measure of disease progression in multiple system atrophy.

Original PublicationView the Scale (PDF)

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Year Published: 2004

Last Updated: Unchanged since publication

Assessment Type: ClinRO

Estimated Time to Complete: 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the degree of the patient’s disability

Available Translations: None

Additional Scale Publications:

Krismer F, Seppi K, Tison F, Sampaio C, Zangerl A, Peralta C, Yekhlef F, Ghorayeb I , Ory‐Magne F, Galitzky M, Bozi M, Scaravilli T, Colosimo C, Geser F, Rascol O, Poewe W, Quinn NP, Wenning GK et al. The Unified Multiple System Atrophy Rating Scale: Intrarater reliability. Movement Disorders. 2012 Oct; 27(13) 1683-1685.​

El Fassi, N., Pavy le Traon, A., Mouchon, E., Rascol, O., Meissner, W.G., Foubert-Saumier, A., Gallois, Y., Tessier, S., Ory-Magne, F., Woisard, V.A. and Fabbri, M. (2023), UMSARS Versus Laryngoscopy-Based Assessment of Dysphagia. Mov Disord Clin Pract, 10: 974-979.

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