Huntington Disease

What is Huntington Disease?

Huntington Disease is a genetic degeneration of neurons (or nerve cells) in certain areas of the brain. Huntington Disease is an inherited disease, and symptoms usually appear at middle age. It is rare that children develop Huntington Disease. The more severe cases of Huntington Disease are usually with younger people and their symptoms progress quickly. The rate of the disease progression is different from person to person. Huntington Disease usually progresses over a 10 to 25 year time period. As Huntington Disease progresses, concentration becomes more difficult, you may have difficulty feeding yourself and swallowing. Genetic testing, along with a complete medical history, neurological and blood tests are used in diagnosing Huntington Disease. Medications are available, but cannot completely prevent physical and mental decline.

Symptoms of Huntington Disease:
  • Decision making becomes more difficult
  • Depression
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Difficulty in learning new things
  • Irritability
  • Trouble driving