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What are the symptoms of huntingtons?

What are the symptoms of huntingtons?

Chorea: Classically, patients can experience uncontrollable flailing limb movements, loss of balance, poor organizational skills, and loss of focus and attention, and emotional changes such as depression. This runs in families as an autosomal dominant process. ...Read more

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How should I get tested for huntingtons?

How should I get tested for huntingtons?

Blood test: The test is a blood test looking for the gene. Yoru doctor will have to order this test. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of huntingtons disease?

What are the symptoms of huntingtons disease?

Movement & Behavior: The major symptoms are changes in behavior such as hallucinations, irritability, moodiness and psychosis, and abnormal movements including extra facial and limb movements and loss of coordination, dementia, and eventually impairments of speech and swallowing. More information is available from the huntington's disease society of america: www. Hdsa. Org. ...Read more

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When should I have my son tested for huntingtons?

When should I have my son tested for huntingtons?

Usual +adults: Problems with the accuracy of the most common predictive testing limits its usefullness until adulthood. There are some centers that provide specialized gene amplification studies that allow earlier results. The nih operates a rare disease website with useful information. See:
http://rarediseases. Info. Nih. Gov and put hunington disease in the search box. With effort u can find the test site list. ...Read more

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What is the inheritence pattern of huntingtons disease?

Autosomal dominant: Huntington's disease is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. ...Read more

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How common is it to be in the mutable range for huntingtons?

How common is it to be in the mutable range for huntingtons?

Rare: For north america, europe and australia, the prevalence for huntington's disease is 5.71 per 100, 000 people. Prevalence is a measure of disease that allows us to determine a person's likelihood of having a disease. Therefore, the number of prevalent cases is the total number of cases of disease existing in a population. ...Read more

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Can you tell me an extensive description of huntingtons disease?

Can you tell me an extensive description of huntingtons disease?

Really now...: You don't ask for much, do you? -- You can't possibly expect an "extensive description" of Huntington's disease in 400 characters. Go to http://www. Hdsa. Org which is the website of the HD Society of America and you'll find extensive descriptions and then some. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I want help with research on huntingtons disease?

What do you advise if I want help with research on huntingtons disease?

Contacts: Your live close to several outstanding medical schools and hospitals. Departments of Neurology have movement disorder specialists, most of whom conduct research studies involving Huntington's Chorea. Another source is National Institutes of Health. ...Read more

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What are some common signs that I should look for if I had huntingtons disease?

You are: Really young but there is a juvenile form. Most commonly it involves first involuntary movements but can involve planning and organization and other cognition and balance among others ...Read more

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Do you have any inofrmation on earily signs of huntingtons disease? What are the testing procedures for this disease?

Do you have any inofrmation on earily signs of huntingtons disease? What are the testing procedures for this disease?

Genetic testing: First, does huntington's run in your family? Also, it might be tough early on to pinpoint the symptoms as subtle involuntary movements may be present, and depression or some memory loss may be all initially. Mri films can visualize the area of pathology and specific genetic testing confirms in most cases. ...Read more

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What are the chances of passing on a permutation of huntingtons to your children? 50/50 like if you actually had huntingtons?

What are the chances of passing on a permutation of huntingtons to your children? 50/50 like if you actually had huntingtons?

50/50: If one of your alleles of the hd gene is in the premutation range and the other is not, you have a 50:50 chance of passing it to an offspring. Interestingly, if the premutation allele is inherited from the father it has a higher probability of expanding the number of repeats to the disease causing range than if that same premutation allele was inherited from the mother. ...Read more

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What is huntington's disease?

What is huntington's disease?

Movement disorder: Hd is the result of an inherited abnormality due to genetic errors resulting in abnormal movements and behavioral problems. Hd can be diagnosed with genetic tests. It is usually apparent clinically in the 4th or 5th decades. ...Read more

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How rare is huntington's disease?

Huntington: The answer can be found here:
http://www. Genome. Gov/10001215. ...Read more

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How common is huntington's disease?

5-10/100, 000: Huntington's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is autosomal dominant. Most estimate that it occurs in 5-10 per 100, 000 population. There does not appear to be any sexual discrimination. It is a progressive disease that usually becomes manifest in patients 30-40 years old. ...Read more

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How does huntington's disease progress?

How does huntington's disease progress?

Slowly: Most patients start out with muscle twitching, depression, anxiety and progress over time to uncontrolled muscle movements, difficulty speaking and swallowing, and loss of control of bladder and bowels. ...Read more

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What does huntington's disease look like?

Abnormal involuntary: Choreiform movements. If you want to see what chorea looks like, a web search for video clips should turn some up. Also check out hdsa. Org for more information. ...Read more

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How does a person get huntington's disease?

How does a person get huntington's disease?

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). ...Read more

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What are the tests for huntington's disease?

What are the tests for huntington's disease?

Genetic Test: There is a very well-known, definitive test that can be done. It's a genetic test (avaiable from athena laboratories, which detects the presence or absence of the tri-nucleotide expansion pathology on chromosome 4. Because this an autosomal dominant gene, on average, 50% of descendants will alsoanifest the disease because they received the gene from the affected parent. ...Read more

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What are the stages of huntington's disease?

YES!!: Huntington's disease (named after the long island doctor who described it) has dementia, chorea (a dance like involuntary movement) and family history as its main features it is transmitted by a dominant gene (50% chance of it occuring in the offspring). It is at present incurable although the movements can be modified by medication. ...Read more

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What are early signs of huntingtons disease?

What are early signs of huntingtons disease?

Many signs: 50% of Huntington's patient develop psychiatric symptoms and 50% develop neurological symptoms which are usually involuntary movements - including chorea, a the tho sis, dystopia and tics. ...Read more

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Symptoms of huntingtons disease, is it fatal?

Symptoms of huntingtons disease, is it fatal?

No cure but treatmen: It is a relentless, progressive degenerative neurological disease. There is no cure for the disease. The symptoms include chorea (dance-like movements) for which there is an fda approved medicine and psychiatric symptoms usually with disinhibition. Any child of a patient has a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. One should see a movement disorders neurologist for treatment. ...Read more

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Please help me? What is huntington's disease?

Huntington's Disease: Is a neuro-degenerative disorder. Each child of a person with HD has a 50% chance of inheriting it. Symptoms are involuntary movements called chorea, cognitive impairments & psychiatric disorders. There are medications to help control the movement & emotional aspects of the disease. Unfortunately, they do not alter the course of the disease. See http://www. Hdsa. Org/about/our-mission/what-is-hd. Html ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of huntington's disease?

What are the symptoms of huntington's disease?

Movement disorders: Changes in movement with a lack of coordination. You are usually unsteady while walking. As the disease progresses, the jerky, or spastic movements increase, with a decline in mental status and development of psychiatric disorders in the last stages of the disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of huntington's disease?

What are the symptoms of huntington's disease?

It varies.: It can include problems with movement (fidgeting, flailing limbs, slowed movements, rigidity, poor balance, difficulty talking or eating, abnormal eye movements), thinking (irritability, untidiness, loss of interest. Slow thinking, impaired intellectual function, memory disturbances), & emotion (depression, bipolar disease, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, sexual and sleep disorders, personality change). ...Read more

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How exactly is huntington's disease diagnosed?

How exactly is huntington's disease diagnosed?

Blood Test: A blood test to check for increased repeats in the huntington's gene. ...Read more

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Is huntington's disease known by another name?

Not normally: Sometimes Huntingtons is referred to as "HD". It is also a trinucleotide repeat disease. Huntingtons is the most appropriate and most widely used name however. ...Read more

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Is there any cure yet for huntington's disease?

No cure but...: Unfortunately there is no cure for this devastating neurodegenerative disease. There are treatments available for various symptoms. Tetrabenazine can be helpful for the movements. Many of the anti-depressants can be helpful. See a movement disorder neurologist who can provide assistance and recommend physical therapy, speech therapy, psychiatry, etc. ...Read more

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What kind of a disease is Huntington's disease?

What kind of a disease is Huntington's disease?

Huntingtons disease: HD is an inherited (genetic), neurodegenerative condition. It has an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. The genetic alteration is referred to as a trinucleotide repeat. ...Read more

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What causes death for people with huntington's?

What causes death for people with huntington's?

Huntingtons risks: People with advanced Huntingtons tend to die from complications of swallowing difficulty or reduced mobility. Heart disease and malnutrition are also associated with this condition. Risk of suicide is increased in people with this condition. ...Read more

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Is the huntington's disease selective by gender?

Is the huntington's disease selective by gender?

No: Huntington disease is I an inherited genetic disorder -autosomal dominant- in which it causes the progression breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Each offspring of an affected individual has 50 % risks and is independent of gender. Either sex can be affect. ...Read more

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My mum has huntingtons disease, What can she do?

My mum has huntingtons disease, What can she do?

Research project: We do have some medications to treat the chorea, but the emotional and cognitive issues are far more difficult, and a cure is not available. But many research drugs are being studied. You are near several excellent medical schools, so contact Dept of Neurology, and see if a project fits your Mum's situation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about huntington's disease?

YES!!: Huntington's disease (named after the long island doctor who described it) has dementia, chorea (a dance like involuntary movement) and family history as its main features it is transmitted by a dominant gene (50% chance of it occuring in the offspring). It is at present incurable although the movements can be modified by medication. ...Read more

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How will huntington's disease affect my employment?

Limitations: Your ability to be employed will depend on the stage you are in. Early in the disease, you should be able to work, but over a period of years, you will become disabled. ...Read more

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Frequency of huntington's disease in their children?

Frequency of huntington's disease in their children?

Autosomal dominant: transmission means that each child of a parent with documented Huntington's Disease has a 50% chance of inheriting the mutant gene on Chromosome 4p16. Guidelines for predictive testing are on http://www. Hdfoundation. Org/html/hdsatest. Php. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting huntington's disease?

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. ...Read more

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How long does it take for huntingtons disease to kill u?

Decades: Most patients with huntington's disease develop symptoms in their 40's or 50's, although for some it is much earlier or later. Once symptoms are present the disease course is somewhat unpredictable, but most patients will survive for many years. Here is a site with resources regarding this disease:
www. Hdsa. Org. ...Read more

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How exactly is the huntington's disease caused in humans?

Runs in families: Autosomal dominant disorder with often mixed or incomplete penetrance. Is clearly hereditary and not caused by other problems. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about early signs of huntingtons disease.?

Can you tell me about early signs of huntingtons disease.?

Insidious: Early on, might see subtle depression, or minimal cognitive errors, such as trouble with driving or balancing checkbook. Alternatively, might find a limb to be a bit "twitchy", but not yet the full blown chorea. Later, all of the above can slowly and steadily become far more apparent. ...Read more