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Is genetics testing available for huntington's disease or is the diagnosis based on only on symptoms?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Pre-symptomatic testing is available through mutational analysis of the gene.
It is not recommended in children until they can give meaningful informed consent.

In brief: Yes
Pre-symptomatic testing is available through mutational analysis of the gene.
It is not recommended in children until they can give meaningful informed consent.
Dr. Ira Salafsky
Dr. Ira Salafsky
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Dr. Richard Roberts
The reason why a geneticist will refuse to test children is based on 2 reasons: there is no beneficial therapy for them in childhood, and the stigmatization from labelling a child with an incurable neurologically degenerative disorder may be horrible. Many adults who know that they are at risk elect never to have testing.
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Testing available
Huntington's disease can be detected in the blood or tissue sample.

In brief: Testing available
Huntington's disease can be detected in the blood or tissue sample.
Dr. Soren Singel
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