A survey-based study identifies common but unrecognized symptoms in a large series of juvenile Huntington's disease

Title

A survey-based study identifies common but unrecognized symptoms in a large series of juvenile Huntington's disease

Creator

Moser A D; Epping E; Espe-Pfeifer P; Martin E; Zhorne L; Mathews K; Nance M; Hudgell D; Quarrell O; Nopoulos P

Publisher

Neurodegenerative Disease Management

Date

2017

Subject

adolescent; priority journal; health survey; human; pain; article; child; female; male; controlled study; adult; clinical article; sleep disorder; Huntington chorea; pruritus; psychosis; tic; auditory hallucination; CAG repeat; juvenile; leg pain; skin irritation; visual hallucination; sleep disturbance/disorders; Juvenile Huntington disease; trajectory; characteristics

Description

Aim: The symptoms of Huntington's disease are well known, yet the symptoms of juvenile Huntington's disease (JHD) are less established due to its rarity. The study examined a cluster of symptoms considered to be common, but under-recognized in JHD: pain, itching, sleeping difficulties, psychosis and tics. Materials & methods: A symptom survey was constructed using the online tool Qualtrics and dispersed to JHD caregivers through websites. Results: A total of 33 surveys were completed. Disrupted sleep was the most prevalent symptom (87%), followed by tics (78%), pain (69%), itching (60%) and psychosis (39%). Conclusion: Despite limitations, the study supports that there are symptoms in the JHD population that are not considered classic, however, are common and significant for patients and caregivers.

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Citation

Moser A D; Epping E; Espe-Pfeifer P; Martin E; Zhorne L; Mathews K; Nance M; Hudgell D; Quarrell O; Nopoulos P, “A survey-based study identifies common but unrecognized symptoms in a large series of juvenile Huntington's disease,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 16, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16752.

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