Huntington’s disease (HD) is a hereditary disorder that causes nerve cells in the brain to gradually break down.
Over time, this damage causes symptoms that can disrupt everyday life physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Stages of HD chorea
A gradual increase in uncontrollable movements may impact daily function
Chorea may become worse, leading to increased difficulty with muscle control
Chorea may become severe or stabilize; people may also experience muscle stiffness and the inability to walk or speak
CHOREA (UNCONTROLLABLE MOVEMENTS) IS THE DEFINING SYMPTOM OF HD, AND ALSO ONE OF THE MOST IMPACTFUL*
* In an HDSA survey, HD patients and caregivers were asked to identify HD symptoms that had the biggest impact on daily life. Of 2591 respondents, 30% of caregivers and 17% of HD patients reported chorea symptoms as the most impactful.
HD chorea is progressive and some of the areas it can affect include:
Finger and hand coordination:
loss of muscle control can lead to problems with manual dexterity
balance issues can lead to falls
uncontrollable movements can cause difficulty with talking and chewing
swallowing difficulties may lead to choking
If you notice these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, you should start a conversation with your healthcare provider—even if the symptoms are mild.
Over time, HD chorea may worsen, which could make daily life more difficult for those living with HD and their caregivers.
HD CHOREA CAN MAKE DAILY ACTIVITIES
MORE CHALLENGING, SUCH AS:
THERE IS NOT YET A CURE OR TREATMENT TO DELAY HD PROGRESSION, BUT THERE ARE MEDICATIONS THAT CAN HELP CONTROL HD CHOREA
Download the INGREZZA Huntington’s disease
(HD) chorea Patient Brochure
Learn about Huntington’s Disease (HD) and HD chorea, how INGREZZA works, and the difference it can make in treating uncontrollable movements from HD chorea.
Ready to take HD chorea control a step forward?
The Doctor Discussion Guide has tips for talking to a healthcare provider about your uncontrollable movements and HD chorea treatment options.