A survey-based study identifies common but unrecognized symptoms in a large series of juvenile Huntington’s disease

Written by Amelia D Moser, Eric Epping, Patricia Espe-Pfeifer et al.

Aim: The symptoms of Huntington’s disease are well known, yet the symptoms of juvenile Huntington’s disease (JHD) are less established due to its rarity. The study examined a cluster of symptoms considered to be common, but under-recognized in JHD: pain, itching, sleeping difficulties, psychosis and tics. Materials & methods: A symptom survey was constructed using the online tool Qualtrics and dispersed to JHD caregivers through websites. Results: A total of 33 surveys were completed. Disrupted sleep was the most prevalent symptom (87%), followed by tics (78%), pain (69%), itching (60%) and psychosis (39%). Conclusion: Despite limitations, the study supports that...

To view the full article, please register now for access

It's completely free