There are a variety of conditions that can cause chorea. To have a definite diagnosis, your physician may require your detailed medical history.
The following questions may also be asked by your physician to help diagnose degenerative chorea:
- When did you experience the symptoms?
- Is stress affecting your chorea symptoms? Does it make the symptoms better or worse?
- Do you have a family record of Huntington’s disease?
- What kind of medications are you taking?
Laboratory tests may also help your physician detect chorea. For instance, a low copper level in your body can determine a genetic disorder that causes chorea known as Wilson’s disease.
Tests for spiky red blood cells may help determine chorea-acanthocytosis. Blood tests for thyroid or parathyroid hormones can also indicate metabolic or endocrine-related chorea.
Imaging studies that show brain activity may also be done to determine Huntington’s disease.
Degenerative Chorea can be treated depending on the type of chorea you have. Treatments aim to treat the underlying condition that could help with chorea symptoms.
Antipsychotic drugs and other medications may help treat Huntington’s disease. Sydenham’s chorea may also be treated using antibiotics. However, chorea which results from Parkinson’s disease is not treatable, but symptoms may be managed.
Medication for this kind of disease affects the dopamine levels of a person. Dopamine is a brain chemical that regulates thinking, movement, and pleasure in the brain.
The use of the following antipsychotic drugs may help reduce chorea:
The use of anticonvulsants may also help reduce chorea symptoms.