SHIRYL CARTER 5/10/16 BELL#3
WHAT IS HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE?
Huntington's disease is a hereditary disease marked by degeneration of the brain cells and causing chorea and progressive dementia.
- Slow movements
- Slurred speech
- Thinking abilities become impaired
- Progresses quickly with children (live to see 10-15 years)
WHAT CAUSES THIS?
This condition is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, which means one copy of the altered gene in each cell can cause the disorder. The size of the HTT gene increases as its passed from one generation to the next. Adults that have Huntington's usually have 40-50 repeats, while juveniles have more than 60 repeats.
HOW CAN THE CONDITION BE DETECTED?
There is a diagnostic genetic test available for people.
There is no cure, but prescribed medication and physical therapy can help.