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Huntington's Disease

Do you have a family history of Huntington's disease? This complex illness calls for more than just the highest medical knowledge. The Spectrum Health memory disorders neurological team is alongside your family to preserve your quality of life. For the journey, we're committed to giving you every resource you need.

Huntington's disease is a genetic disorder that progressively breaks down nerve cells in the brain. Often symptoms like personality changes, involuntary movements or slurred speech appear between ages 30 and 50. Children of parents with the gene have a 50/50 chance of developing the disease. Medications and therapies are helpful in controlling symptoms.

Treatments and Services for Huntington's Disease

Huntington’s disease is familiar to our experts. We understand its undeniable challenges for your entire family. Our staff of memory and movement disorder experts offer support and education to help you cope and prepare. Your care team focuses on improving your health by managing symptoms of Huntington's disease with medicines.

While there is no cure for Huntington’s disease, that doesn’t mean there’s no hope. If breakthroughs happen, you can be confident we'll be at the forefront of bringing it to you. As symptoms progress, our neurologists are there with you, adjusting your medicine and providing ongoing guidance. 

Urine Tests
There are countless reasons that you may need blood tests or a urine analysis, and there are just as many reasons you'd rather not. Nobody wants to wait around or even find the time to do it. Spectrum Health will help you to sail through a pain-free, hassle-free blood draw or urine test. We make it possible with dozens of labs throughout the West Michigan communities we serve.

Neuro Rehabilitation
Our interdisciplinary rehabilitation teams are dedicated to providing expert and coordinated care to help you return to the highest level possible of independence, functioning and mobility. Your care may include neuropsychology, physical, occupational and speech therapy, recreational therapy, music therapy, clinical nutrition and case management and social work. Our treatment interventions are designed to maximize your abilities and may include one or all of the above, depending on your needs.

Neuropsychology
Neuropsychology is a specialized branch of psychology devoted to the study of brain-behavior relationships. We understand how neurological, medical and emotional conditions affect brain function, intellect, behavior, personality and emotion.  The primary role of a neuropsychologist is to conduct evaluations and provide consultation on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. At Spectrum Health Medical Group, your neuropsychologist works closely with other neurologists and specialists to help provide you comprehensive care.

PET-CT Scans
Spectrum Health offers the latest PET-CT scanning technology, enabling us to produce high quality images and enhanced information for diagnosis and treatment. The combination of PET and CT imaging technologies helps us better evaluate cardiovascular disease and neurological conditions. This type of scan also helps detect cancer within your body and determine whether your current treatment is working.

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