Swati Sathe, MD, Medical Director at CHDI Management/CHDI Foundation, provides an overview of Huntington’s disease (HD).
HD is a rare neurodegenerative disorder that causes uncontrolled movements, change of affect, and loss of cognition.
As Dr. Sathe outlines, HD is a hereditary condition in which the signs and symptoms do not usually appear until the third or fourth decade of life. Early symptoms include irritability, depression, small involuntary movements, poor coordination, and cognitive problems particularly in learning new information and reasoning. Chorea is one of the most noticeable symptoms of the disease. As the disorder progresses, these symptoms worsen, often leading to trouble walking, talking, swallowing, and volatile mood changes. There are currently no approved treatments for HD.
The CHDI Foundation is working to accelerate the development of treatments for HD through a number of research initiatives.
For more information about CHDI Foundation, go to https://chdifoundation.org/about-us/
To learn more about HD and other rare neurological disorders, visit checkrare.com/diseases/neurology