Fast Five Quiz: Huntington Disease Signs and Symptoms

Shaheen E. Lakhan, MD, PhD, MS, MEd


May 27, 2020

The clinical presentation of dementia in patients with Huntington disease generally begins with choreic movements or psychiatric symptoms. Generally, global cognitive decline becomes obvious later and eventually expresses itself as a triad of disordered movement, cognitive decline, and psychiatric disturbance.

The cognitive decline of Huntington disease dementia often starts with irritability, untidiness, and loss of interest. As the disease progresses, slowing of cognition, impairment of intellectual function, and memory disturbances are observed.

Language skills often become altered in the later stages of Huntington disease, resulting in a noticeable deficit in word retrieval.

Learn more about the clinical presentation of Huntington disease dementia.


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