Huntingtons Disease

Kathleen Pahl

What is it?

Huntingtons disease affects a persons brain; specifically their ability to think, talk, and move.

The disease destroys cells in the brain that controls movement, emotion, and cognitive ability.

It is an autosomal dominant pattern.

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What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include:


  • poor memory
  • depression
  • mood swings
  • lack of coordination
  • uncontrollable movements
  • difficulty walking, speaking, & swallowing


After symptoms begin, the average person with Huntingtons has a 10-20 year lifespan.

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How do you get it?

Huntingtons disease is an autosomal dominant pattern. A parent with the disease has a 50% chance of passing it down to their offspring(s). All offspring that receive the gene get the disease.
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How many people does it affect?

One out of every 10,000 Americans has Huntingtons disease. A Parent with Huntingtons gives their kid a 50% chance of receiving the disease. Huntingtons also does not skip generations. Since the disease affects a persons ability to do everyday activities, they require assitance from others. This means that the disease affects the life of the sick person and the people helping them
What is Huntington's Disease?