Huntington’s Disease

What is Huntington's disease?

Huntington’s disease is a disorder that is inherited and results in the wasting away or degeneration of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain. It is typically inherited from a person’s pare...

Symptoms

The symptoms of this disease usually develop when people are between 30-50 years old, although they can start much earlier or later. The symptoms can differ from person to person in the same family. The symptoms include:

  • Behavioral changes
  • Slight, uncontrollable muscular movements
  • Stumbling and clumsiness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Change of mood including aggression or antisocial behaviour

Causes

The most probable causes of this disease could include:

  • Psychiatric problems
  • Depression and short term memory lapses
  • Movement problems
  • Communication problems

Risks

The prime risk factors include:

  • Infections like pneumonia
  • Fall related injuries
  • Inability to swallow

Prevention

To prevent the occurrence of this disease, there are certain things one should definitely take care of:

  • Avoiding unhealthy food
  • Meeting a genetic counsellor
  • Pre-natal testing

How is it diagnosed?

It is important to note that the diagnosis is based on the doctor recognising a number of factors ranging from neurological examination, to family history, psychiatric evaluation and genetic testin...

How is it treated?

Medication can lessen the symptoms of this disorder to a great extent, if not completely curb it. It may be difficult to tell whether they are symptoms of the condition or result of the medication

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When do I contact the doctor?

Whenever you begin to experience symptoms such as extreme clumsiness, uncontrollable muscular movements, abnormal lack of concentration, you should immediately see a doctor because they are going to treat you for this disease just right and restore you to health. 

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