Huntington’s disease is an inherited disorder that results in motor and cognitive symptoms that are progressive over time.
It is estimated that about 40,000 people in the United States have symptoms of Huntington's disease, but the true number may be significantly higher due to misdiagnosis and other factors.
The typical age for onset of motor symptoms is between age 35 and 50, although cognitive difficulties may occur much earlier. There are no current treatments to halt the progression of the disease, but there are medications and therapies available to help manage the symptoms.
Huntington’s disease is relatively uncommon, which makes it important to choose a physician with experience in the diagnosis and treatment of symptoms.
Why Choose Us
All physicians in the UCI Health Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Program are fellowship-trained specialists in movement disorders. They also are experienced in caring for people in all stages of Huntington’s disease.
At UCI, our research efforts in Huntington’s disease involves scientists, genetic counselors and therapists, as well as our physicians. We are investigating methods to attack the disease using medications and stem cells.
UCI also serves as a home to HDCare, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the disease, serving the Huntington’s disease community and supporting research to find a cure. And we are members of the Huntington’s Study Group, an international consortium of investigators seeking new therapies for Huntington’s disease.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call us at 714-456-7720.