Huntington’s Disease: Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Huntington disease treatment usually involves a variety of elements. While it’s not currently possible to cure Huntington’s disease, there’s lots we can do to help manage the symptoms and support those affected by the condition.

Huntington disease treatment usually involves a variety of elements. While it’s not currently possible to cure Huntington’s disease, there’s lots we can do to help manage the symptoms and support those affected by the condition.

Huntington disease treatment usually involves a variety of elements. While it’s not currently possible to cure Huntington’s disease, there’s lots we can do to help manage the symptoms and support those affected by the condition.

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Huntington’s Disease Treatment

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Huntington’s is an inherited disease that damages some of the nerve cells in the brain, causing gradual loss of function of areas of the brain. Areas of the brain called the basal ganglia and cerebral cortex, which are involved in the control of movement or behaviour, are especially affected.

Same Day Diagnosis

At Dementech Neurosciences, we endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible. You no longer have to wait to be seen by an expert and can be seen alongside your journey with the NHS, With your consent, we can also share the full consultation report with your GP.

Same Day Tests, Assessments & Scans

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed with medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

15-minute Consultation with Patient Advisor

Schedule a free 15-minute initial consultation with a Patient Advisory. This is an opportunity to discuss your condition where the Patient Advisor will suggest the most appropriate route to suits your specific needs.

Video Consultations Available

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street.

We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

Prices start from £250

You can book a half an hour Skype consultation with a doctor for £250.

 

Full hour consultations with a doctor starts from £450.

Huntington’s Disease Symptoms

There is a wide range of variation in the first presentation of symptoms for people carrying the HD gene, and there is a lot that’s still unknown about the way the disease progresses from the onset of early signs to the development of overt motor symptoms.

As Huntington’s disease progresses, involuntary movement, emotional changes and memory disturbances will become more severe. Although some symptoms can be managed with medications, there is no current treatment that can reverse the progression of the disease or slow it down.

Physical symptoms include:

  • Twitching of the fingers and toes
  • Coordination difficulties; tendency to knock into things/knock things over
  • Difficulty walking
  • Chorea – jerky movements of the arms and legs
  • Difficulties with swallowing and speech

Cognitive symptoms include:

  • Difficulty in planning and organisation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Short-term memory loss

Emotional symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Mood swings, aggression and apathy
  • Behavioural problems
Huntington's disease
Huntington's disease

Huntington’s Disease Treatment

Huntington disease treatment usually involves a variety of elements. While it’s not currently possible to cure Huntington’s disease, there’s lots we can do to help manage the symptoms and support those affected by the condition.

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat all the variety of symptoms of Huntington’s disease. We have an in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist to help effectively manage the broad range of Huntington’s disease symptoms and complications.

We use state-of-the-art technology, such as the PKG, to monitor and treat Huntington’s disease symptoms. Neuropsychiatric and cognitive impairment may occur even during early stages of the disease, before the development of motor symptoms.

Cutting-edge technology CANTAB is used to assess the severity of cognitive deficits in people with Huntington’s disease. This enables us to provide an early diagnosis of cognitive impairment and effectively manage it.

Alongside Huntington disease treatment for those already diagnosed, we also provide genetic screening and counselling for the family carrying the HD gene expansion mutation.

Moreover, we offer the opportunity to participate in clinical trials testing novel pharmacological intervention, before they become available to the public, aiming to delay the progression of the disease.

Dementech specialises in diagnosing and treating neurological disorders including Huntington’s disease. For more information contact our experienced and friendly team.

Choosing a Private Neurologist

One of the main advantages of seeing a neurologist privately is that you see a neurologist every time you attend our clinic. The waiting times for new referrals are shorter. You can also to contact our clinic directly if you have concerns about changes in your condition.

Choosing a private neurologist also typically means you will have expenses for consultations, tests such as blood tests and MRI’s. You can give us a call and speak to our friendly clinicians and ask about our fee structure.

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Hear From Our Happy Patients

Have had nothing but kindness and professionalism from Dementech and all their staff. From their initial guidance by Shakeela, through to staff conducting the MRI tests and Dr. Lucio D'Anna for his expertise clarity of explanation, compassion and consideration. Special mention to Zobia, who saved the day with her quick thinking that helped my mother-in-law to obtain extended care. Overall a perfect experience. Cannot recommend them enough.N Mohamed
My family and I experienced one of the hardest times of our lives having to deal with my wife’s deteriorating condition. I would like to personally thank the lovely young lady Zobiaa from Dementech, for showering us with compassion, empathy and genuine care and concern. Her professionalism, high-level customer service and communication, eye for detail, and willingness to go the extra mile to accommodate our needs and make not only my wife, but our whole family, feel as comfortable and supported as possible, is something we will always be grateful for. Thank you so much for your friendly and polite presence Zobiaa and taking the time and effort to build a relationship with us. You really made our visits to the clinic a positive, 5 star experience.P Allen

Frequently Asked Questions

I'M CLAUSTROPHOBIC. DO YOU HAVE ANY ALTERNATIVES TO THE MRI SCAN?

Yes we do. We offer an Upright MRI and an Open MRI

WILL I GET A COPY OF MY TEST RESULTS?

Yes, you will get a copy of your results as well as a CD of the MRI scan on request

HOW QUICKLY CAN I BE SEEN?

We endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible.

CAN YOU ARRANGE TESTS?

All tests can be arranged prior to your consultation with us and ever after the consultation.

WHAT DOES THE CONSULTATION ENTAIL?

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed with medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

IF I AM SEEN PRIVATELY, WILL I BE TAKEN OFF THE NHS WAITING LIST?

No. Seeing a doctor at Dementech will not affect your care through the NHS.

DO YOU OFFER VIDEO CONSULTATIONS?

Yes. We are now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street. We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

DO YOU PROVIDE FINANCE?

At this current time we do not offer finance. Payments will need to be made prior to tests and consultations.

HOW QUICKLY CAN WE GET AN MRI, BLOOD TEST AND OTHER TESTING DONE?

You can get the tests within 2 days of requesting it.

Test results will be received within 2 days.

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