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Huntington’s Disease

Huntington's Disease (HD) is a hereditary degenerative disorder of the central nervous system leading to motor, cognitive and behavioral problems. It is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion, meaning that each child of an affected parent, regardless of gender, has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the disease-causing gene.

The Northwestern Medicine Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Clinic, a HDSA Center of Excellence, provides support through personalized treatment plans and research-based therapies designed to ease the full range of physical, emotional and mental challenges.

Tailored treatment plans include:

  • Education and support groups
  • Exercise and rehabilitation therapy
  • Genetic counseling
  • Management of neurological and psychiatric symptoms
  • Management of cognitive and social issues
  • Education about clinical trials

Every child of a parent with Huntington’s disease has a 50/50 chance of carrying the gene. Your care team can provide you with the education and support you need to make an informed decision about genetic testing. Learn about our genetic counseling program.

Visit the Movement Disorders Clinic Meet Our HD Care Team

Clinical Trials

You may be eligible for one of our ongoing clinical trials. Find out howto join a study.


To meet with one of the Northwestern Medicine clinic's movement disorders specialists, call the clinical affiliate practice phone number at 312-695-7950.

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