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What's Huntington's disease?

Huntington's disease (HD) is a devastating, degenerative brain disorder for which there is, at present, no effective treatment or cure. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual’s ability to walk, think, talk and reason. Eventually, the person with HD becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care. Huntington’s Disease profoundly affects the

lives of entire families: emotionally, socially and economically.

Huntington's results from genetically programmed degeneration of nerve cells, called neurons, in certain areas of the brain. Degeneration causes uncontrolled movements, loss of intellectual faculties, and emotional disturbance. Symptoms most commonly begin between the ages of 35-50, although onset can occur in young and old people. Huntington's Disease research is rapidly progressing but there is not yet a cure. Huntington's disease affects three main areas of function: motor, mood, and cognition. Motor disturbances can fall into two categories: too much movement and too little movement. Chorea (involuntary dance-like movements) can affect any part of the body. It is commonly seen as restless, wriggling movements of the fingers or toes in the early stages of the disease. Movements tend to become larger over time and can involve the face, arms, trunk and legs. Chorea may appear more pronounced when an individual is under stress or experiencing an extreme of emotion. It tends to lessen in the later stages of HD. Rigidity or muscle stiffness and slowness may also be present. This is more common when onset occurs in childhood or adolescence and also in more advanced disease. Both chorea and rigidity can interfere with mobility and coordination.

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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