Chorea is defined by rapid, writhing involuntary movements that may be caused by a variety of illnesses most notably Huntington’s Disease. This progressive, genetically transmitted neurodegenerative disease results from a deterioration of a specific population of brain cells. Symptoms include jerking and uncontrollable movements of the face, trunk, and limbs. There is also a progressive loss of mental abilities and the development of psychiatric problems. Treatment focuses on reducing symptoms, preventing complications, and providing social support for patients and family.
Learn more about chorea and its interactions with other diseases here.