Huntingdon’s Disease

Huntingdon’s disease is a brain disorder that affects the ability to think, talk and move. The disease destroys cells in the basal ganglia, the part that controls movement, emotion and cognitive ability.
This disease is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. It is passed from one parent to child. Each of the children born from a parent with Huntingdon’s disease, has a 50% chance of getting it or not. If they don’t get it, the cannot pass it on to their children

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The symptoms include:
  • Difficulty walking
  • Bad memory
  • Depression
  • Twitching
  • Hard time swallowing
Doctors take a sample of the water around the baby when the woman is pregnant or by taking a sample of fetal cells from the placenta.
Physical or speech therapy, and also medication to calm feelings are the cure to Huntingdon’s disease.

Interesting facts:

  • The disease is named after Dr. George Huntingdon.
  • Children who get the disease hardly ever make it to adult hood.
  • Eventually, the person can not care for him/herself.
  • Nationwide, an estimate of 30,000 people get Huntingdon’s disease.
Support groups include:
  • Huntingdon’s disease association.
  • Huntingdon liga
  • Huntington’s Disease Society of America
  • International Huntington Association