Journal article

Speech in prodromal and symptomatic Huntington's disease as a model of measuring onset and progression in dominantly inherited neurodegenerative diseases

Jess CS Chan, Julie C Stout, Adam P Vogel

Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2019


Subtle motor and cognitive changes can manifest prior to diagnosis in many progressive neurological disorders. Most people with Huntington's disease (HD) develop dysarthria. Yet, how speech evolves, how the brain regulates speech in HD, and the clinical implications of these changes remain unclear. We reviewed existing literature on speech production in premanifest (PreHD) to symptomatic HD. A search of databases yielded 12 eligible studies. Nine of the twelve studies were included in the meta-analysis. Data suggest that speech in PreHD is characterized by impaired speech agility, phonatory function and speech rate. Over the disease course, speech gradually deteriorates across all subsystems..

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