How to know if you have huntington's disease? Genetic testing?

Genetic Counselor. See a genetic counselor to arrange testing. University hospitals have clinical or medical genetics divisions. Otherwise, an OB doctor, a fertility clinic, or a maternal fetal medicine or high-risk OB clinic can refer you. If you are going to have kids preimplantation genetic diagnosis (pgd) to prevent your child from having huntington's is possible, without disclosing if you have the disease.

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Can huntington disease be genetic, but triggered by other factors?

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...

Is the genetic test for huntington’s disease 100% accurate? My grandmother had huntington’s, and my mother was having what she thought were symptoms, so she got tested. The test was negative. Can we be completely she doesn’t have it, which means I don’t e

Huntington's . Huntington's disease is a complicated neurodegenerative disorder that can cause involuntary writhing, dance-like movements of the limbs, other abnormal movements, personality changes and psychiatric symptoms, heart disease and other problems. It is an uncommon condition (about 5-10 cases per 100000 people). Huntington's disease is caused by a mutation in the huntingtin gene. Inside this gene is a stretch of dna that consists of repeating sequences the genetic code letters, or nucelotides, c, a, and g. These three nucleotides can be repeated (cagcagcag...) dozens of times. The number of "trinucleotide repeats" seems to determine if and when the disease will make itself known. People with less than 28 repeats are normal. People with 28 to 35 repeats are "intermediate". People with 35 to 40 repeats may or may not develop huntington's disease. People with more than 40 repeats will be affected, and the higher the number of repeats, the earlier the disease starts. Gene tests for huntington's disease are not usually reported as "positive" or "negative". They usually report the number of trinucleotide repeats that are present. It is not common for children of people with a normal number of repeats to spontaneously develop huntington's disease. Read more...
Excellent question. Huntington disease is a serious condition - genetic testing can be extremely helpful. Good information is here: http://www.hdsa.org/. No test is perfect, but the test for HD is 99.9% accurate. To know for sure if your mom had the right test, and to get more info, see a genetic counselor or a clinical geneticist, and take a copy of the test results with you. 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?

Apply now for Life. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 200i8 prohibits health insurers or employers with more than 15 employees from discrimination based on someone's genetic information when it comes to insurance and employment. Protection does not extend to life insurance, disability insurance and long-term care insurance. Consider gettng a renewable 10-yr Life policy now. 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...