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Huntington's disease. Part 1: essential background and management.

Authors
  • Aubeeluck, Aimee1
  • Wilson, Eleanor
  • 1 School of Nursing, Queen's Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2008
Volume
17
Issue
3
Pages
146–151
Identifiers
PMID: 18414253
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Huntington's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that manifests in motor, cognitive and behavioural symptoms, gradually progressing over a number of years, if not decades. The complexity and unpredictability of the disease poses challenges for health-and social-care professionals. This article provides an essential background to the understanding and management of care for people with Huntington's disease, presenting a discussion of the main stages to highlight the symptoms and challenges associated with the disease. The article then moves on to discuss potential management and therapy issues identifying some key considerations in the treatment of the disease. Finally, the combined role of the multidisciplinary team is highlighted in providing health and social care to people with Huntington's disease as it progresses and increasing professional support is required.

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