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Huntington's Chorea Overview

Another name for Huntington's Chorea is Huntington's Disease.

What is Huntington's disease?
A person with Huntington's disease has a serious, inherited illness that results in damage to the brain. Symptoms of Huntington's disease usually begin by the age of 44. Despite treatment, symptoms worsen slowly.

What are the symptoms of Huntington's disease?
Early symptoms of Huntington's disease include depression, moodiness, facial twitching, muscle spasms, muscle twitches, muscle rigidity, and abnormal muscle movements. Additional symptoms of Huntington's disease include difficulty walking, poor balance, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and abnormal eye movements.

How does the doctor treat Huntington's disease?
There is no cure for Huntington's disease. Treatment for Huntington's disease symptoms may include medications to control muscle spasms, antipsychotic medications, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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