Huntington's Chorea


Huntington's Chorea is a hereditary disease that causes a degeneration of the neurons of the basal ganglia and of the cerebral cortex. Clinically it is characterized by the appearance of involuntary movements (chorea), alterations of behavior and cognitive functions. The onset usually occurs between the age of 30 and 50 (juvenile forms are rare) and its development is slowly progressive. Inheritance is autosomal-dominant. This means that the probability of inheriting the Chorea gene from a parent is equal to 50%. Families often have more than one member with the disease. Furthermore, males and females are equally prone to inherit the gene.

In our hospital, in collaboration with the Unit of Genetics, it is possible to identify who is the carrier through a genetic test. In addition to genetic testing, our center also provides psychological counseling and support for people with Huntington's. It is the only reference center in the Tri-Veneto region of the Huntington's European network (European Huntington Network, EHDN)).
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