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Huntington's Disease

An estimated 30,000 Americans live with Huntington’s disease, an inherited brain disease that can affect people from ages 2 to 80. Symptoms typically appear in people between the ages of 30 and 50. Huntington's is a genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. This, in turn, causes abnormal, writhing, wiggling movements of the body with loss of balance and poor dexterity. Huntington’s also causes problems with mood, judgment, memory and thinking. Huntington's causes deterioration of a person's physical and mental abilities during the prime working years.

While Huntington’s isn’t currently curable, there is care available for those affected. Ochsner Neuroscience Institute is the first and only Huntington's Disease Society of America Center of Excellence in the Louisiana This center is one of 39 national Huntington's centers and the only one in the Gulf South.

Our center offers current and comprehensive care for patients with Huntington's and related disorders. Our team provides our patients with an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to their care and strives to maximize function for each patient by providing personalized care.

While there is no cure for Huntington's disease, management by a Huntington's disease specialist can improve quality of life and function for patients.

  • Patients receive an individualized care plan to address any of their physical, mental, personal and social needs
  • Patients may be offered access to groundbreaking clinic trials
  • Patients may be offered symptomatic medications

In the Huntington’s disease clinic, patients are seen by the interdisciplinary team every six months, on the second Tuesday of the month. During the appointment, team members perform specialized evaluations as part of the comprehensive care offered to every patient. Ochsner's comprehensive care means Huntington's patients can have all of their healthcare needs met and coordinated with the Huntington's Clinic team.

Our care team includes movement disorder neurologists, a licensed clinical social worker, a speech language pathologist, a physical and occupational therapist, a dietitian and a neuropsychologist.

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Huntington's Disease Locations

Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7