Huntington's Disease:

  • Inherited by family members
  • Caused by genetic defect on chromosome 4
  • Family members may first notice that the individual experiences mood swings or becomes uncharacteristically irritable, apathetic, passive, depressed, or angry. These symptoms may lessen as the disease progresses or, in some individuals, may continue and include hostile outbursts or deep bouts of depression. The individual may experience memory loss and learning new things. Disease may begin as uncontrolled movement in the fingers, feet or face
  • Uncontrolled they experience are signs of chorea
  • As the disease progresses the individual may experience slurred speech, trouble swallowing or eating
  • Most signs of huntington's disease occur in middle aged people but varies from person to person



Treatments

  • social aid
  • recreational centers
  • group housing
  • institutional care







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