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What are the chances of getting huntington's disease?

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Aaron Stupple
General Practice
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Aaron Stupple
Aaron Stupple
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Dr. Clarence Watridge
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Depends

One who has a parent with huntington's disease has a 50% chance of getting the disease.
If neither parent has huntington's an offspring does not get the disease since it is transmitted by an autosomal dominate gene - if you have the gene, you get the disease. Genetic analysis can be done to identify the presence or absence of the gene.

In brief: Depends

One who has a parent with huntington's disease has a 50% chance of getting the disease.
If neither parent has huntington's an offspring does not get the disease since it is transmitted by an autosomal dominate gene - if you have the gene, you get the disease. Genetic analysis can be done to identify the presence or absence of the gene.
Dr. Clarence Watridge
Dr. Clarence Watridge
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