Huntington's Disease

Main Info

The name of my disease is Huntington's disease. It is a single gene mutation and not a chromosomal abnormality. This disorder was discovered by George Huntington in 1993. Huntington's Disease is an inherited disorder that affects the brain. It causes slow, progressive degeneration of nerve cells in certain areas of the brain. This disorder appears in people when they are about between 35 and 44 years old. After you are proven to have this disease you are only expected to live between 15 and 18 more years.
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The picture above is a picture of what areas Huntington's disease affects in the brain.

Symptoms and Side Affects

Huntington's Disease has many symptoms and side affects. They include walking unsteadily, sudden jerks of movement, facial grimacing, continuous need to turn head, difficulty with eating, difficulty with dressing themselves, poor articulation of speech, trouble with attention and awareness, confusion, loss of memory, loss of judgment, loss of ability to think, depression, anxiety, antisocial behavior, irresponsible behavior, personality changes, paranoia, and hallucinations. As you can see there are very many symptoms to having Huntington's Disease.
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The picture above is a table of even more symptoms and side affects of H.D.

Background Information

Huntington's Disease is a autosomal dominant gene. An autosomal dominant gene that a person only needs one copy of the defective gene to develop the disorder. This disorder is a very rare disorder it says that 3 to 7 per 100,000 people get it but it is a lot less common in people from or in different populations such as Japanese, Chinese, and African descent. Also environmental influences account for 60 percent of the reasons why you may get Huntington's disease.
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The picture above is a picture of a normal brain (left) compared to a picture of a brain with Huntington's Disease (right)

Diagnostic Tests

Some diagnostic tests that are preformed on you to determine whether or not you have H.D. are they may have to test your body fluids by taking blood tests. Also Images may be taken of your brain by having a MRI scan of the brain, a CT scan, or a SPECT scan.
The picture below is a picture of a Ct scan of a persons brain that has Huntington's disease.
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Preventing H.D.

Unfortunately there is no cure or way to prevent people from getting Huntington's Disease. But you can take some different types of medication to help with side affects and symptoms such as, Tetrabenazine, Antipsychotics, and Antidepressants.
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Supporting H.D.

Some of the organizations and support groups that help support H.D are the H.D.S.A. foundation H.D.S.A. stands for Huntington's Disease Society of America. Also there are many websites that inform the dangers of this disorder.One of the websites is and many other organizations. Also there is a Huntington's Disease Youth Organization.
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