Huntington’s Disease (Huntington’s Chorea)

Huntington's DiseaseHuntington’s Disease is a very rare, degenerative nerve disease that occurs in middle age. After the gradual appearance of uncontrolled movements, mental problems such as memory loss and personality changes will follow. For now, there is no therapy that could stop the progression of the disease or suppress its symptoms. The word “Korea” means “dance” – which is a rough description of the twitching that occurs in the disease. (A similar disease, Sydenham’s chorea, is known as the “Saint Vitus Dance”).

Huntington’s Disease is an inherited disease. Unfortunately, the symptoms do not occur before middle age, which means that patients are often unaware of this fact when they become parents. If you know that someone in your family has had the disease, contact your doctor and discuss about the potential risks for you and your children.