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Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s Disease Treatment London

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’s disease (HD) 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. At Dementech Neurosciences, our team of leading clinicians provide patients with a multifaceted approach to Huntinton’s treatment, as well as expert care and diagnostics.

Why Choose Dementech For Huntington’s Disease Treatment?

  • Access to a team of treatment specialists, including speech and language therapists and occupational therapists
  • Cutting edge diagnostic technology, including the CANTAB, for early diagnosis
  • Access to clinical trials for new pharmaceutical treatments
  • Prices start at £485
  • Video consultations are available if you can’t make it into the clinic
  • Ongoing support for patients and their families
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Huntington's disease

What is Huntington’s Disease?

Huntington’s disease is an inherited condition that causes areas of the brain to become damaged and stop working properly. Over time, the condition gets worse, and it generally shortens life expectancy.

There are lots of varied symptoms of Huntington’s disease, with cognitive impairment and motor skills primarily being affected, as well as mood. Typically, symptoms present themselves between 30 and 50 years of age, but they can develop sooner or later.

A person with the Huntington’s disease gene has a 50% chance of their child developing the disease. Children who do not develop the disease can’t pass it on. It’s extremely rare for a person to develop Huntington’s disease without a family history of the disease.

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer leading HD treatment that can help you to live a higher quality of life, even though it won’t cure the condition. We also offer genetic screening to those concerned about a family history of HD.

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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

Same Day Consultations

We endeavour to see all our patients on the same day they enquire about a consultation for a fast diagnosis and early intervention treatment.

Same Day Assessment

We use the latest and most advanced technology to perform same day diagnostic tests, accurately diagnosing the disease and its extent.

Patient Advisor Consultations

You will be assigned a Patient Advisor who will talk through your treatment plan with you and provide ongoing support, advice, and guidance.

Prices start from £485

Prices for an hour-long consultation start at £485. Each follow up appointment will cost £285. We always maintain full transparency about our costs.

Video Consultations Available

For those who are unable to make it into the clinic, our doctors offer video call consultations via Skype, FaceTime, and WhatsApp.

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Discover More About Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease primarily affects your nervous system, causing issues with movement and coordination, but it can also cause emotional changes and cognitive impairment.

You can’t catch Huntington’s disease. If you don’t have the gene, you won’t develop the disease. You can have a genetic test to see whether you have the gene, but doctors won’t be able to tell you when you’ll develop symptoms.

The disease cannot be cured and the progression cannot be slowed down, but symptoms can be managed with a range of treatment options aimed at improving quality of life and wellbeing.

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.

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 Diagnosis & Treatment at Dementech

Most people will know if their parents have the Huntington’s disease gene on the basis of the disease being hereditary, but due to it having a 50% chance of being inherited, genetic testing is often required to confirm a diagnosis. We provide genetic screening and counselling to families who carry the Huntington’s disease mutation.

We also use cutting-edge technology, CANTAB, 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.

Huntington’s Disease Treatment

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.

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

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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, with same day consultations often being offered. You can also contact our clinic directly if you have concerns about changes in your condition, without having to wait for weeks to undergo more tests or meet with your clinician.

We have access to the latest technology which may not be available in public healthcare settings, including access to clinical trials. Our team of private neurologists comprises experts in the neurological field, so you can be sure that you’re seeing the very best clinicians and have access to the leading treatments for Huntington’s disease.

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

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FAQs About Huntington’s Disease

What is Huntington's Disease (HD)?

Huntington’s Disease is a rare, inherited neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement, cognition, and behavior. It is caused by a genetic mutation that results in the progressive death of brain cells.

What are the symptoms of Huntingdon's Disease (HD)?

Symptoms of HD typically include progressive movement problems such as twitching, writhing movements, and difficulty with coordination and balance, as well as cognitive decline and changes in mood and behavior.

What causes Huntingdon's Disease?

Hungtingdon’s disease is caused by a genetic mutation in the huntingtin gene, which provides instructions for making a protein called huntingtin. The mutation leads to the production of an abnormal form of huntingtin that damages brain cells.

Is Huntingdon's Disease hereditary?

HD is a hereditary disease and is passed down from parent to child through an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. This means that if a person has the mutated huntingtin gene, they have a 50% chance of passing it on to each of their children.

How is Huntingdon's Disease treated?

There is currently no cure for HD, but treatments can help manage the symptoms. This may include medications for movement problems, psychiatric treatments for behavioral and mood changes, and physical and occupational therapy for movement difficulties.

How quickly can we get testing for Huntingdon's Disease done?

We carry out tests for HD within two days of them being requested, and we will get the results back within 48 hours.

What does the consultation entail?

During a consultation we will carry out an assessment and go through your medical history with a view to getting a diagnosis. From there, you will receive a full consultation report and treatment plan for Huntingdon’s Disease.

How quickly can I be seen?

Where possible, we aim to see patients the same day. We wil respond to your request within 24 hours (48 hours on weekends).

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