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What're the signs and symptoms of Huntington's disease?

Early symptoms of Huntington's disease may affect cognitive ability or mobility and include depression, mood swings, forgetfulness, clumsiness, involuntary twitching and lack of coordination. As the disease progresses, concentration and

short-term memory diminish and involuntary movements of the head, trunk and limbs increase. Walking, speaking and swallowing abilities deteriorate. Eventually the person is unable to care for him or herself. Death follows from complications such as choking, infection or heart failure.

Personality and behavioral changes include depression, irritability, anxiety, and apathy. The person with HD may become impulsive, aggressive, or socially withdrawn.

Cognitive changes include loss of ability to plan and execute routine tasks, slowed thought, and impaired or inappropriate judgment. Short-term memory loss usually occurs, although long-term memory is usually spared. The person with late-stage HD usually retains knowledge of his environment and recognizes family members or other loved ones, despite severe cognitive decline.


More information on Huntington's disease

What is Huntington's disease? - Huntington's disease (HD) is a hereditary neurological disorder characterized by movement, cognitive, and psychiatric symptoms.
What causes Huntington's disease? - Huntington's disease is caused by an inherited dominant gene mutation on chromosome 4. Huntington's disease is a progressive disorder.
What're the symptoms of Huntington's disease? - Huntington's disease is characterized by progressive mental and physical deterioration. Early symptoms of Huntington's disease may affect cognitive ability.
How is Huntington's disease diagnosed? - Patient with a family history of Huntington's disease who begins to have symptoms is diagnosed based on a physical and neurological exam.
What's the treatment for Huntington's disease? - There is no cure for Huntington's disease. Treatment is aimed at slowing progression and maximizing ability to function for as long as possible.
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