Huntingdon’s Disease

Description:
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.
Inheritance:
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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Symptoms:
The symptoms include:
  • Difficulty walking
  • Bad memory
  • Depression
  • Twitching
  • Hard time swallowing
Diagnosis:
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.
Treatment:
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
Sources:
www.kumc.edu/hospital/huntingdons/groups.html