Principal Investigator Neurologkliniken Akademiska sjukhuset ing 85 751 85 Uppsala Sverige
+46-18-611 00 00
Huntington team at Uppsala University Hospital
Uppsala University Hospital is called “Akademiska Sjukhuset” in Swedish. The University Hospital serves a large part of middle Sweden as referral center for a population of 1.5-2 million people. Many patients live in distant, sparsely populated areas at considerable distance from Uppsala. For this reason, the University Hospital collaborates closely with local health facilities, including local hospitals, primary care centers and general practitioners.
Huntington’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease with neurological and psychological symptoms. Multidisciplinary medical care can improve the quality of life for Huntington patients. The disease is dominantly inherited and DNA testing for the disease causing mutation is available. Huntington families should have access to genetic counselling, and the possibility of presymptomatic testing and prenatal diagnostics.
The University Hospital of Uppsala has for a long time provided care and services to Huntington patients and their families, and since 2002 there is a permanent Multidisciplinary Huntington Team. Under the auspices of the Center for Clinical Neurosciences, the team constitutes a collaboration of several departments, including Neurology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy and Speech therapy.
The purpose of the Huntington Team is to provide a comprehensive program of medical services to Huntington patients, their relatives and caretakers, as well as to serve as source of information and experience for health professionals. <!--[if !supportLists]-->
Information to families and health professional
Clinical diagnostic and DNA-investigations, pharmacological treatment, and treatment of disease complications
Dr Valter Niemelä Nurse and administrator Christina Rangstedt Physiotherapist Camilla Ekwall Neuropsychologist Marie-Louise Göller Speech therapist Ida-Karin Sterner Occupational therapist Jenny Grundström Dietician Bita Banieghbal
associated Dr Patrik Georgii-Hemming, Department of Clinical Genetics
Professor Ove Axelsson and Doctor Solveig Nordén Lindeberg, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Appointments Patients and relatives are referred by from general practitioners or local hospitals. Patients and relatives may also contact the team on their own initiative.
Patients and relatives may receive individual appointments to our doctor, psychologist, physiotherapist or other team members. These appointments are usually at the Outpatient Clinic of Neurology (building 70) or the Department of Physiotherapy (Building 85)(see map). Many patients are invited to Specialist One Day Huntington Clinics, which are organised Fridays 9 a.m. to 16 p.m. at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Building 170, at the Ulleråker area, which is located at 2 kilometres distance from the main hospital (see map). The patients, their relatives and caretakers, will have several 1-hour appointments with different team members. Lunch is provided.
Presymptomatic testing for Huntington's disease is offered according to the internationally recommended guidelines. (Contact the Huntington's team for details.) Prenatal diagnostics are available in collaboration with the Department of Obstrics and Gynaecology.
Ulleråker area, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Building 170
University Hospital, Outpatient Clinic of Neurology, Building 70 and Department of Physiotherapy, Building 85
Contacts If you wish an appointment call: Oupatients Clinic for Neurology, telephone Int 46-(0)18-611 50 02 (secretary) E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org