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Reviewed  09-13-2001  

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What is Chorea?
Is there any treatment?
What is the prognosis?
What research is being done?

Organizations
Related NINDS Publications and Information

What is Chorea?
Chorea is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary spasmodic movements of the body. Movements are jerky and arrhythmic, and may involve the whole body. Other symptoms include muscle weakness, clumsiness, and gait disturbances. Chorea may be inherited, or the consequence of an earlier infection or autoimmune disease. The disorder is most commonly associated with Huntington's disease (or Huntington's chorea) and Sydenham's chorea (an inflammatory reaction sometimes occurring after a streptococcal infection), although it may be associated with other conditions as well.

Is there any treatment?
There is no standard course of treatment for chorea. Treatment depends on the type of chorea and the associated disorder. Treatment for Huntington's disease is supportive, while treatment for Syndenham's chorea usually involves drugs to treat the infection, followed by prophylactic drug therapy.

What is the prognosis?
The prognosis for individuals with chorea varies depending on the type of chorea and the associated disorder. Huntington's disease is a hereditary, progressive and fatal neurological disorder. Syndenham's chorea is treatable and curable.

What research is being done?
The NINDS supports research on movement disorders such as chorea. The goals of this research are to increase understanding of these disorders and to find ways to prevent and treat them.

Select this link to view a list of studies currently seeking patients.

 Organizations

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
P.O. Box 1968
(55 Kenosia Avenue)
Danbury, CT 06813-1968
orphan@rarediseases.org
http://www.rarediseases.org
Tel: 203-744-0100 Voice Mail 800-999-NORD (6673)
Fax: 203-798-2291

Related NINDS Publications and Information

  • Huntington's Disease Information Page

  • Huntington's Disease information sheet compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

  • Huntington's Disease: Hope Through Research

  • An information booklet on Huntington's disease compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

  • Sydenham Chorea Information Page

  • Sydenham Chorea (St. Vitus' Dance) information sheet compiled by NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.


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