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What is Huntington Disease? Print E-mail
Written by Mike Cohen   
Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Huntington disease is an inherited brain disease that affects movement, thinking, and personality.

What is going on in the body?
Huntington disease causes cells in certain areas of the brain to slowly destruct. It usually starts in middle adulthood.

What are the causes and risks of the disease?
Huntington disease is a genetic disorder. It is an autosomal dominant disorder that can be passed from affected people to their children.

What are the treatments for the disease?

There is no cure and there are no treatments that slow the progression of Huntington disease. Medication may be used to treat psychosis, depression, or movement problems.
What are the side effects of the treatments?

The medications used for Huntington disease may cause fatigue, stomach upset, and new movement problems.
What happens after treatment for the disease?

The disease continues to progress and the person gets worse over time.
How is the disease monitored?

Symptoms are monitored by reports and physical examinations to determine the need for medications. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider


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