Huntington’s disease (HD) is an inherited genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain and deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities. It has no cure. Most people with HD develop signs and symptoms in their 30s or 40s, but symptoms of the disease may appear earlier or later in life. Children of a parent with HD have a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene.
Overview and SymptomsA preliminary diagnosis of Huntington's disease is based primarily on a general physical exam, a review of your family’s medical history, and neurological and psychiatric examinations. Your doctor may also recommend a genetic test to confirm the defective gene.
We offer you and your family highly innovative, intensive and comprehensive care for Huntington's disease. Your neurologist is a fellowship-trained specialist who coordinates a multidisciplinary team of experts to meet the physical, cognitive, and emotional needs of you and your family.
Our team includes specialists from the following areas:
- Cognitive Neurology
- Rehabilitation, including occupational, physical, speech, voice, swallowing, and cognitive therapy
- Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology
- Sleep Disorders
- Autonomic Disorders
- Social Work and Community Resource Specialist
Together with you and your family, we will design a comprehensive, coordinated treatment program tailored to your needs and lifestyle. We will communicate our findings and recommendations to your referring physicians and will work with him/her following your evaluation in our clinic.
Learn MoreThe Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center at BIDMC is devoted to providing excellence in diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, dystonia, tremors, atypical parkinsonism, and various other movement disorders; research and clinical trials; and educational resources for our patients, their families and caregivers.