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A 38-year-old member asked:

How does a person get huntington's disease?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 59 years experience
Genetic disorder: Huntington's disease named after a long island physician is caused by a dominant gene in either parent it is accompanied by dementia and involuntary movement (chorea).
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of getting huntington's disease?

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Dr. Aaron Stupple
Dr. Aaron Stuppleanswered
General Practice 10 years experience
Rare: Between 5 and 8 per 100, 000 people have huntington's in europe and n. America, less in non-european populations. Since huntington's is autosomal dominant, then if one parent has the disease, each child has a 50% chance of acquiring it. Huntington's typically appears after childbearing age, and can be misdiagnosed as a psychosis with suicide, so absence of a family history can be hard to confirm.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get huntington's if only your grandfather had the disease?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Yes, it can skip a generation. You may want to have a genetic test and/or see a genetic counselor if you are concerned about possibly developing huntington's.
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