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.
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.
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.
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