Huntington's Disease

By: Devan Schnieder

What is Huntington's disease?

Huntington's disease is an inherited condition in which nerve cells in the brain break down over time.

Huntington's disease is an autosomal dominant disease that is caused by a mutation in the HD gene, which has been mapped to chromosome 4.

How Huntington's Gets Passed

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Symptoms

Abnormality walking

Amnesia

Difficulty thinking and understanding

Fidgeting

Irritability

Depression

Paranoia

Weight loss

Or impaired voice

How to diagnose

In order to diagnose Huntington's, you need to undergo a Neurological examination, a psychiatric evaluation, brain imaging and function, and Genetic counseling and testing.

Treatments

Can go to counseling and physical therapy. Can also see a Physical Therapist, a Neurologist, Pshychiatrist, Primary care provider, and a Medical geneticist.
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Life in the Future

With Huntington's, it is best to remain in a regular working environment as long as possible. It is also advisable to alter your diet, since the metabolism rate is increased. May participate in self- help groups to deal with everyday life.