The OSF Illinois Neurological Institute has received designation as a Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence.
Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities usually during their prime working years and has no cure. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene that causes Huntington’s disease. Today, there are approximately 30,000 symptomatic Americans and 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease The symptoms of HD are described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases – simultaneously.
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Centers of Excellence provide an elite team approach to Huntington’s disease care and research. The Centers are multi-disciplinary care teams with expertise in Huntington’s disease that share a commitment to bringing comprehensive care. Patients benefit from expert neurologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counselors and other professionals who have extensive experience working with families affected by HD and who work collaboratively to help families plan the best HD care program throughout the course of the disease. There are only 47 Centers of Excellence in the country.