Huntington's disease is a rare condition that causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain. The disorder causes rapid, jerky body movements (chorea) and the loss of normal mental abilities (dementia). Huntington's disease can cause personality changes, behavior problems and memory loss.
Huntington's Disease: What You Need to Know
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What is Huntington's Disease?
Huntington's disease is also called Huntington's chorea disease. People with Huntington's disease can begin showing symptoms anytime in life, but most people develop symptoms in their 40s or 50s. When someone with the condition begins displaying symptoms before age 20, the condition is called juvenile Huntington's disease, and often results in different symptoms and faster disease progression.
Huntington's disease is an inherited disorder, and your risk for developing it is 50 percent if one of your parents has the condition. Although rare, it is possible to develop Huntington's disease without having a family history of the disorder. Perhaps as a result of a genetic mutation that happened during the father's sperm development.
There is no cure for Huntington's disease, but there are medications and treatments that can help you manage the condition.
Diagnosis and Treatment: Huntington's Disease
Learn more about Huntington's disease diagnosis and treatment.
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