What is Huntington's Disease?​

Huntington's Disease is a neurological disorder and it is caused by a faulty gene on chromosome 4. Symptoms usually begin between the ages of 30 and 50 years although everyone is affected in different ways and at different times, even affecting members differently within the same family.

Huntington's Disease is hereditary and each child of a parent with Huntington's Disease has a 50% risk of inheriting the faulty gene. It affects both men and women equally. A genetic test is available to people at risk from the age of 18, which can identify whether the faulty gene is present but can not predict the age of onset of the disease.
Symptoms can and may include involuntary movements, a change in co-ordination and balance, changes in mood, such as irritability and depression and problems with concentration, inflexibility and apathy.

Huntington's Disease is degenerative and currently there is no cure, but there is much that can be done to support families and help people affected by the disease. For updates on research please visit the HD Buzz website at:

As Huntington's Disease is relatively rare, many healthcare professionals may not have come into contact with a family affected by the disease before, so the Huntington's Disease Association have a network of Specialist HD Advisers​ to support families by providing a listening ear, help families receive support, care advice and give them access to information on benefits, specialist equipment as well as liaising with health care professionals. 
For more information, please visit the Huntington's Disease Association Website at:  
For further information on the Huntington's Disease Youth Organisation please visit: