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If you get huntington's dieseas when you are a teen. what is your life expectancy? well, i am a teen and i just want to know that if i get huntington's disease then how much longer will i live. and how well will i function in life.

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Dr. Frances Dyro
Neurology 55 years experience
Huntington's : Huntington's disease or chorea is an inherited disorder that usually appears in mid-life. It is referred to as autosomal dominant disorder; that is if a parent has it there is a 50/50 chance a child will inherit it. A famous person who had this movement disorder was woody guthrie, a folk singer who was born in 1912 and died in 1967. His son arlo, also a folk singer did not inherit the gene and is in his 60's ( i think). If there is a history in your family, you may wish to be tested.Some people from affected families prefer not to be tested. At this time there is no cure available. I think you would benefit from talking to your family about your worries. Good luck to you.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Why do you ask?: You're at risk for Huntington's if and only if it's affected one of your ancestors. If this applies to you, I would urge you to talk with an appropriate physician about getting tested. The age of onset and likely time of death is usually a little sooner in each generation. You need to plan your life and you need the right information.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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