Huntington’s disease
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Huntington’s disease

Anna Kent Physical disability clinical specialist, Physical Disability Resource Team, Bletchley Therapy Unit, Milton Keynes NHS Primary Care Trust, Milton Keynes

Huntington’s disease is a complex degenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system. Although it is a rare condition, nurses are ideally placed to assess and manage patients with the disease, while also providing information and support to family members. This article discusses the cause and symptoms, explains the method of diagnosis and outlines the role of the nurse in caring for patients with Huntington’s disease.

Correspondence anna.kent@mkpct.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 18, 32,45-51. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.04.18.32.45.c3596

Published in print: 21 April 2004

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review