Huntington’s disease (PD) is a genetic, inherited disease of the brain that leads to neurological degeneration over time. It impacts physical and mental abilities, often leading to symptoms like involuntary movements, rigidity, impaired walking and speech, cognitive impairment, and sometimes psychiatric disorders. As of this time, there is no cure, and no treatments that will slow or prevent ongoing degeneration, although there are medications and therapies that can help manage the symptoms. A genetic test is available that can identify the likelihood of developing Huntington’s if a family member is diagnosed, and research is being done to look for ways to prevent the disease from progressing when the responsible genes are identified.
For those who are living in Minnesota and looking for local resources, a wonderful organization to get in contact with is the Minnesota Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. They provide detailed information about the disease, resources for genetic testing, support for caregivers, long term care, etc. They also keep up to date on studies and news in the world of Huntington’s research. The HDSA can be reached through a local social worker or the regional director, both of whom have information listed here: http://www.hdsa.org/mnchap/mnchapinfo.html
To learn more and explore available resources, you can visit the chapter website at http://www.hdsa.org/mnchap/index.html. You can also learn more about Huntington’s Disease by checking out this “Fast Facts” pamphlet from the HDSA:
If you have questions about a possible diagnosis of Huntington’s or another movement disorder, or are seeking treatment, please contact Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 to schedule an appointment with a neurologist experienced in the diagnosis and management of this disease.