Huntington’s disease

Neurological Disorder

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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. Especially affected are those areas of the brain called the basal ganglia and cerebral cortex, which are involved in the control of movement or behaviour.

Symptoms

There is a wide range of variation in the first presentation of symptoms for people carrying the HD gene, and much is still unknown about the way the disease progresses from initial signs to development of overt motor symptoms.

 

As the 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 its progression or slow it down.

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Treatment

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

We use state-of-the-art technology such as the PKG to monitor and treat HD symptoms. Neuropsychiatric and cognitive impairment may occur even at the early stage 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. 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.

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Dr Lucio D’Anna
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Dr Lucio D’Anna obtained his MD with Honours at the Medical School of the University of Udine, Italy and then he completed his Neurology training with Honours.

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Prof. Aarsland Dag
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Dr. Vinod Metta
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Dr Vinod Metta, consultant interventional neurologist & movement disorder specialist trained at Kings College Hospital London.