By: Hailey Leisner
What is Huntingtons Disease?
What is the genetic cause for Huntingtons Disease?
What testing is used to diagnose Huntingtons Disease?
To get tested for Huntingtons disease, a doctor will first look at the persons family history and see if any of their ancestors carried a gene for the disease or had the disease. If someone in their family before has had huntingtons disease, a neurologist can do some simple tests to find out if the person has Huntingtons Disease. These are some of the things a neurologist does to test someone for Huntingtons Disease:
If the person has some or even all of these symptoms then they go through many tests to see if they have Huntingtons Disease.
Huntingingtons Disease: symptoms and treatments:
Th main sympotoms of Huntingtons Disease is the moving and constant jerking of the body. Other symptoms that people with Huntingtons Disease might have are:
- Behavioral disturbances
- Restlessness or fidgeting
- Disorientation or confusion
- Loss of judgment
- Loss of memory
- Personality changes
- Speech changes
- Facial movements, including grimaces
- Head turning to shift eye position
- Quick, sudden, sometimes wild jerking movements of the arms, legs, face, and other body parts
- Slow, uncontrolled movements
There is so far, no cure for Huntingtons Disease or no known way to stop the disease from getting worse. As the disease gets worse, the person with the disease will soon need to rely on people for everything they need. People with Huntingtons Disease can take medication, but the medication is a only temporary relief from the progressingly awful disease.