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Huntingtons Chorea Life Span
? medications: The diagnosis of a typical case of hd is not difficult there are other causes of choreoform movements such as rheumatic chorea but medication related movement disorders would be at the top of the list in my opinion. ...Read more
Sorry, no way: There is a prescription medication that can help the chorea associated with huntington's chorea (tetrabenazine, and maybe some miscellaneous neuroleptics). Baking soda has no value in this tough condition. ...Read more
15 years after onset: The life expectancy of huntington disease depends on the severity of the disease. The onset on symptoms that leads to diagnosis is usualy 30-50y of age, and life expectancy after the onset of symptoms is about 15 years. ...Read more
Sorry, no way: Huntington's treatment remains in the realm of symptom control at best, and one of the few products to control the chorea is xenazine, which is now available again. See a movement disorder neurological specialist, as research projects are available. ...Read more
Genetics: It would be good to have your relative seen by a neurologist as well as a genetic specialist. ...Read more
Huntington disease: There is a new drug approved in 2008 called tetrabenazine for huntington disease and is quite effective medication and low side effect profile. ...Read more
Genetic test: Huntington's disease is due to an autosomal dominant mutation of the huntintin gene. The most definitive diagnosis of this disease is a positive test for this mutation. This genetic testing can be done before symptoms develop, but early diagnosis does not affect the outcome of the disease. Genetic counseling is recommended before testing. ...Read more
Nothing proven: Coenzyme q 10 does help in mice in several studies. The small dose and used early in the disease helped more than the larger in a recent study: (mol cell neuroscience. Feb 2012). If it works in humans is unknown or what dose should be used. Talk to your neurologist, about recommended dose or even enrolling in a study at answer that question. ...Read more
Neurologist: A neurologist is a doctor who treats conditions related to the brain. Neurologists also treat movement disorders such as Huntington's chorea. Sometimes neurologists can work with your primary doctor to help coordinate your needs, therefore it is good to be followed by both. ...Read more
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.
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. ...Read more
My mom has huntington's disease. My grandmother died with hd. Now my mom has it. My mom has five daughters and three son. How many of her children are likely to get hd? And what is their life expectancy after they receive it?
Each child has 50% r: Each of your mom's children has a 50% chance of having inherited the huntington gene. They can be tested to see if they have. Symptoms may or may not have appeared depending on their age, but genetic testing can be done before they develop symptoms. How long they will live after developing hd depends on how old they are when they develop symptoms and what the range of disease progression has been. ...Read more
See definition.: Huntington disease is a slowly progressive, neurodegenerative disorder characterized by chorea, incoordination, cognitive decline, personality changes, and psychiatric symptoms, culminating in immobility, mutism, and inanition.  it is an autosomal dominant, trinucleotide repeat disorder that affects men and women equally. It characteristically appears in mid-adult life but can occur at any age. ...Read more
Time to heal: Rheumatic fever can be associated with sydenham's chorea, which can often be controlled with medication. Typically, as the rheumatic fever resolves, the chorea should likewise remit, but this could involve a period of several weeks to months. A neurologist with experience in movement disorders should be able to help. ...Read more
Diaganosis first: Chorea is actually a symptom. First, you need to figure out what is causing your chorea. A visit to a neurologist would be prudent. Common causes include genetic disease such as huntington's disease or secondary to a streptococcal infection + fever. Better to evaluate the underlying cause first. ...Read more
CHOREA: A term that is used to refer to rapid, jerky, involuntary movements of the limbs or face that characterize several different disorders of the nervous system, including chorea of pregnancy and huntington's chorea (associated to dementia) as well as sydenham's chorea (associated to rheumatic fever).. ...Read more
No real cure: Sydenham described a specific form of chorea associated with strep infections. This can occur with rheumatic fever. Sle and other auto immune disorders can result in chorea or other neurological conditions. For strep it is necessary to give pennicillin. Steroids and embril may help. ...Read more
As above: Can be triggered by any stressful situation. ...Read more
Chorea: Rheumatic fever is a form of auto-immune reaction of the body to substances contained in the strep which are similar to those in some of our tissues, and the body reacts against those areas, confusing them with the strep. The central nervous system is not exempt from this and chorea is one manifestation of this type of involvement. ...Read more
I asked my doctor for a genetic test for Huntingtons disease, which is in my family. I have no symptoms, and have not had the test done yet. Can my doctor keep my request confidential from my life insurance physical?
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