What is Huntington’s disease?
Huntington's disease is a hereditary brain disorder. It typically develops in adulthood and gradually progresses over time. While there is no cure, treatment aims to manage symptoms and enhance quality of life.
What are the common symptoms of Huntington’s disease?
- Involuntary movements
- Memory or concentration difficulties
- Depression, anxiety or mood swings
- Speech and swallowing difficulties
We will conduct a thorough evaluation to ensure an accurate diagnosis. If Huntington’s disease is suspected, your doctor may arrange the following assessments to confirm the diagnosis:
- Medical history
- Physical examination
- Genetic testing, which is the most definitive method for diagnosing Huntington's disease
- Neurological assessment
- Medical imaging, such as MRI, may be used to assess brain structure or changes
Treatment and management
Your Epworth care team will work together with you and your family to plan the best approach to treatment and symptom management. While there is currently no cure for Huntington's disease, options are available to manage the symptoms and improve quality of life.
Your Epworth neurologist may recommend the following:
Coordination and care
Your Epworth neurologist may arrange referrals to other specialists such as occupational therapists, psychologists or physiotherapists to address associated challenges.
Your neurologist may prescribe medication to manage symptoms such as involuntary body movements.
Your Epworth care team will arrange follow-up appointments to assess treatment effectiveness and adjust treatment plans as needed.
Palliative care can help with symptom management, family support and quality of life.
For Huntington’s disease
Your care team at Epworth
The multidisciplinary care team for Huntington’s disease includes a specialist neurologist and allied health professionals, such as an occupational therapist and speech pathologist.
Learn more about the health professionals in the neurology care team.