Are people with huntington's disease contagious to others?

No. You are safe. People with huntington disease (hd) have inherited a genetic mutation in a specific gene right at the tip of one of their 4th chromosomes. They can't give this to you like a cold or the flu, even if they tried. Our friends and relatives with hd very much need us to help them, so don't be shy about staying close and showing that you care. We'll all appreciate that!

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What can cause huntington disease to happen?

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...

Does huntington disease cause migrane?

Not typically. However, if you read about symptoms associated with Huntington's disease, the list is incredibly long. It seems that Huntington's disease gets blamed for everything. Headache is on that list, but not specifically migraine. Read more...

Is pku and huntington disease the same disease entity?

Pku vs huntingtons. They are 2 different disorders, each with its own neurochemical abnormality. 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...

What are presenting symptoms of Huntington disease?

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...

How much does the huntington disease examination cost?

Varies. Check with your local lab. Some of these screening tests are covered by your insurance. It appears you are 28 years old and likely would have symptoms. Review your family history and see your MD/neurologist. All the best. Read more...

Can huntington disease be detected before the child is born?

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...

Would huntington disease be detected before the child is born?

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...