Huntington's Disease is an inherited disorder that causes certain cells in the brain to waste away. As a result it causes uncontrolled movements such as twitching, fidgeting, changes in gait (pattern of walking), memory loss, and changes in behavior.
Signs & Symptoms
- Huntington's disease usually appears between the ages 30 and 50, but symptoms may start as young as 5 years or as old as 90 years.
- A person has a 50/50 chance of inheriting Huntington's disease from a parent who has it.
- As the disease progresses, problems with speech, swallowing and learning new information develop.
- In the later stages of the disease, people with Huntington's disease usually become bed-ridden and completely dependent upon others for their care.
At the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, we provide comprehensive diagnostic and genetic counseling services to families affected by Huntington's disease.
Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center
675 North St. Clair Street, Suite 20-100
Chicago, IL 60611-2923
For an appointment with a movement disorders specialist at 312-695-7950.