Huntington's disease

Nurs Stand. 2004 Apr 21-27;18(32):45-51; quiz 52-3. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Case Management
  • Communication
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Huntington Disease* / complications
  • Huntington Disease* / diagnosis
  • Huntington Disease* / physiopathology
  • Huntington Disease* / therapy
  • Mental Disorders / etiology