Huntington's disease shares symptoms with many other diseases. A family history of Huntington's disease is often the strongest clue that you may have it. However, 1% to 3% of individuals with Huntington's disease have no family history.
At your first visit, your doctor will gather your complete medical history and conduct a neurological exam. You will also have the opportunity to meet with our neuropsychiatrist, genetic counselor, and social worker. Your doctor may also refer you for diagnostic tests that will help determine the diagnosis.
At your second visit, we may run a blood test to determine if you have the Huntington's disease gene. We can also test for the Huntington's disease gene in people who have no symptoms, but may be at risk for the disease.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.