Hallervorden-Spatz Disease

Hallervorden-Spatz Disease

Hallervorden-Spatz is a rare genetic disorder. It is characterized by progressive neurological dysfunction and dementia (loss of memory). It is a movement disorder which runs in families. It is foremost described by Hallervorden and Spatz in 1922.


HSD is mainly genetic, linked to chromosome 20. It is because of the defect in the gene that makes a protein called pantothenate kinase-2. Recently, this disease is expressed as pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration.


Symptoms usually start appearing in late childhood.

  • Dystonia - Involuntary muscle contractions
  • Ataxia - Uncoordinated muscle movements
  • Choreoathetosis-Involuntary, jerky muscle movements
  • Dysarthria - Speech difficulty
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Tremors
  • Loss of memory
  • Convulsions
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion


  • Clinical signs and symptoms
  • MRI of brain - may show iron deposits in Basal Ganglia
  • Genetic tests - for PANK2


Treatment of HSD is usually symptomatic and supportive.

  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy

Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathy can be administered as a supportive therapy along with physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Homeopathy can help in improving the general well being and vitality of the patient. Needless to say, homeopathic treatment is without any side-effects whatsoever.

These symptoms were there for 6 to 8 years. In last 2 years, there was rapid development of the disease and patient presented with following symptoms.

  • Loss of memory
  • Convulsions
  • Coma

The Root Cause of Autoimmune Disease

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