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Medicine For Huntington 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
Huntington: It is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle coordination & leads to cognitive deficits & psychiatric problems. Symptoms become noticeable between ages 35 & 45, & include jerky random uncontrollable movements called chorea, memory problems, mood changes, etc. ...Read more
NO: As it is due to a dominant gene it can affect males and females. ...Read more
With PGD: I suspect that if a pregnancy is conceived by ivf, preimplantation genetic diagnosis could be used to detect which embryos carry the genetic factors to cause huntington's disease, allowing one to only implant embryos that lack that factor. At this point, it cannot be detected in a natural pregnancy, though technology for noninvasive detection of various disorders is under development. ...Read more
Huntingtons frequenc: The prevalence of Huntingtons disease is about 5 for every 100, 000 people in the world. ...Read more
Yes in Mom and child: A gene test can be done on any individual. If the mother carries the gene, she will eventually become symptomatic with huntington disease. Any child of hers will have a 50% chance of inheriting the gene and the disease. Prenatal testing of the child in utero can be performed. Any sort of prenatal testing should involve a genetic counselor consultation, as there are many issues to consider. ...Read more
Middle adult age: Huntington's most commonly begins in mid adult hood, for example, between 35 and 40 years of age. ...Read more
I have headche for months and we have huntington disease in the family is this an hd symptoms or it can be something else?
Can have many causes: Headache is not considered to be a common symptom of hd. Depending on the type of headaches you have, they can be migraines, tension headache, or cluster headaches. Causes are many; including viral infection, chronic sinusitis, drug/alcohol withdrawal, change of medications, to name a few. Consult your physician if it continues. ...Read more
Not that I am aware: Of at this time. Unfortunately, this is a genetic condition. I'd highly consider genetic counseling before family planning. ...Read more
No. No one can.: We know that too many CAG repeats in the huntingtin gene causes HD, but the function of the gene is not yet known. ...Read more
Some comments: Pku is a problem with children and this needs early diagnosis to prevent profound complications. Huntington's chorea is an autosomal dominant disorder occurring later in life, and is relatively rare, but genetic counseling might be valuable. Neither disorder has any relationship to the other. ...Read more
Always genetic: Hd is a genetic disease. Anyone that carries the gene will get the disease, but knowing that you have the gene does not tell you your age of onset at the disease. The onset of the disease will occur regardless of other factors if one lives long enough. ...Read more
Coughing and vomiting during eating is concerning for GI issues, such as swallowing disorders or esophageal motility disorders. Huntington's disease is generally characterized by involuntary movement and psychiatric problems.
Mayo Clinic has an excellent article:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/huntingtons-disease/basics/symptoms/con-20030685 ...Read more
My girlfriends mom has huntington disease... If my gf and I have kids what is the chance they will have the disease too?
Genetic consult: It's great that you think ahead. Today there are genetic markers for huntington that can be studied & if your gf is positive she will both get huntington disease & potentially pass it to her kids (risk = 50% per conception). A consultation with a medical geneticist should be able to clear the air on this issue and analyse any risks from either side of the family. ...Read more
Headache: In people with Huntington's disease may need to be treated differently than headaches in others. If one suffers from dystonia anti-spasmodic medication should be tried. Otherwise headache and Huntington's disease is treated like a headache and people without Huntington's disease ...Read more
Unfortunately not: I say, "unfortunately" only because then, we might have a controllable risk factor to deal with in order to help curb or eliminate the disease. However, it comes about as the result of a genetic derangement and we're still in the dark as to what that's exactly all about. ...Read more
My boyfriend has huntington disease. His mood are very up and down could he be prescribed bi polar meds to help cause the anti depressant are not work?
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
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