HUNTINGTON DISEASE

A project By dalton schott

Basic information

Huntingtons disease is a hereditary disease marked by degeneration of the brain cells and causing chorea and progressive dementia.

This disease causes changes in the central area of the brain, which effects movement, mood,and thinking skills. This disease can be spread to another if there parents are infected.

Characteristics

SYMPTOMS: uncontrolled movement of the arms, legs, head, face and upper body. Huntington's disease also causes a decline in thinking and reasoning skills, including memory, concentration, judgment and ability to plan and organize.


DAILY LIFE: a lot of depression, anxiety


LIFE EXPECTANCY: you would have to except that you will die in about 14 to 20 years of age,

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CAUSE

Type of mutation:

Caused by chromosome 4



Chromosome:

gene contains the DNA sequence "CAG" repeated again and again.


Name of gene:

HTT gene

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Treatments/cures

There is currently no cure for Huntington's disease and no way to slow or stop the brain changes it causes. Treatments focus on managing symptoms.



    Chorea (involuntary movements)


    Irritability: For severe anger and threatening behavior, experts agree that an atypical antipsychotic drug


    Obsessive-compulsive thoughts and actions

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    INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HUNTINGTON DISEASE

    • Completely ruin family members possible even make them go in depression





    • the Huntington's disease is named after Gorge Huntington who found and is now named after him