Huntington: “Hereditary chorea”

21 October 2017

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Huntington's disease (Huntington's disease) - formerly "hereditary chorea" called - is a nervous condition. Characteristic of the disease are uncontrolled movements of arms and legs, face, neck and torso. But mental disorders, behavioral problems, and declining mental abilities are typical symptoms.

Huntington's disease is usually innate and is caused by a change of the genetic material (so-called. mutation). Carries a parent this change in himself, he can transfer it to his children. The probability that the child of a person with Huntington's disease also affected, is 50 percent.

Huntington's disease usually breaks between 30 and 50 years out. Gradually, the person develops more and more ailments that increase in intensity. The reason for this course: The gene mutation causes that in certain brain areas, the destruction of nerve cells.

A reliable diagnosis supplies Genetic test. With its help you can prove Huntington directly. This is possible even if no symptoms are still present, but one person wants to know if she has Huntington's disease inherited from their parents. Not can be predicted with such a test, when Huntington's disease will break out.

Huntington's disease is not yet curable. Therefore goal of therapy to alleviate the symptoms. Despite their inexorable progression Huntington's disease can run very differently and take years or even decades - the later it breaks out, the slower it proceeds ahead normally.


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