Huntington Disease Dementia (cont.)
Idan Sharon, MD
Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD
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Huntington Disease Dementia Treatment
HD is a devastating condition that affects every aspect of life. No available treatment can halt the progression of dementia in HD. Maximizing the affected person’s quality of life while minimizing the burden on family caregivers is the overall goal of treatment. Treatment is focused on relieving symptoms and improving function.
The day-to-day care of a person with HD falls largely to family caregivers. Medical care should be provided by a professional team. The team might include a psychiatrist, an internist or family doctor, a physical therapist, a dietitian, a social worker, and other providers. In most cases, the person’s care is overseen by a neurologist.
Research is being conducted to find ways to reverse the HD mutation or to stop the degeneration of the brain in HD.
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