What is Huntington’s disease?
Huntington’s disease is an inherited condition that affects the nervous system. Although Huntington’s disease can occur at any age, symptoms often do not appear until middle age. Huntington’s disease is progressive, meaning it worsens over time. While there is no cure, treatment can take the edge off the symptoms.
Huntington’s disease usually develops between ages 30 and 50, but it can appear as early as age two or as late as 80. The hallmark symptom of Huntington’s disease is uncontrolled movement of the arms, legs, head, face, and upper body. Huntington’s disease also causes a decline in thinking and reasoning skills, including memory, concentration, judgment, and ability to plan and organize.
How is Huntington diagnosed and treated?
A genetic test using a blood sample will be performed to diagnose Huntington’s disease (HD). This test is usually combined with a complete medical history and other neurological and laboratory tests. For individuals at risk of carrying the HD gene, testing can be performed before symptoms occur.
There is no cure that can alter the course of Huntington’s disease. However, medications can lessen some symptoms of movement and psychiatric disorders. In addition, multiple interventions can help a person adapt to changes in their abilities for a certain amount of time.
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