(Huntington Chorea; HD)
- Abnormal body movements
- Gradual deterioration or loss of intellectual abilities
- Behavior problems
- Sudden jerks or uncontrolled movements of the limbs or trunk
- Facial grimacing
- Continuous need to turn head and shift gaze
- Walking that is unsteady or dance-like
- Difficulty with eating and swallowing, which may result in weight loss
- Difficulty dressing, sitting, and caring for oneself
- Grunting or poor articulation of speech
- Trouble with attention and awareness
- Confusion or disorientation
- Loss of memory
- Loss of judgment
- Loss of ability to think rationally
- Irritability and moodiness
- Depression (common)
- Social withdrawal or antisocial behavior
- Irresponsible behavior
- Obsessive-compulsive behavior
- Personality changes
- Psychosis—a severe emotional and behavioral disorder that often interferes with a person's ability to relate to others and to function in daily life
- Paranoia—a mental disorder that involves feelings of being watched, followed, or harmed by others
- Hallucinations—the perception of a thing or person that is not present
- Cause the loss of the physical and mental ability to care for oneself
- Cause severe disability, making full-time or nursing home care necessary
- Result in death, often due to a fall or pneumonia
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Hereditary Disease Foundation http://www.hdfoundation.org
Huntington Disease Society of America http://www.hdsa.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Huntington Society of Canada http://www.huntingtonsociety.ca
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- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 00/53/2014 -