Alternative Names: Huntington's chorea
Huntington's disease (formerly Huntington's chorea) is a rare, inherited illness named after American neurologist George Huntington. It is often mistakenly labeled as "schizophrenia" because of its progression of mental decline. A chorea is a nervous disorder marked by involuntary movements of the body and face and lack of coordination of the limbs. Even when involuntary movements appear, they may be mistaken for drug side-effects.
Having a family history of Huntington's disease is a significant risk factor.