Huntington's Disease Info
Caused by a genetic mutation, Huntington's disease is almost always inherited. Each child of a parent with the condition has a 50-50 chance of inheriting the disease-causing gene.
A person who inherits the gene will sooner or later develop Huntington's disease. If a child does not inherit the gene, he or she will not develop the condition and cannot pass it on to subsequent generations.
Symptoms of Huntington's disease vary from person to person. In addition, the age when symptoms first appear varies. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Mood swings
- Problems with driving or learning new things.
Concentration on intellectual tasks often becomes increasingly difficult as the disease progresses. Feeding and swallowing difficulties may also develop.
Because there is no cure, treatment involves managing the symptoms. For example, supportive treatment may include:
- Speech therapy
- Regular physical activity
- Assistance with feeding-related issues.
(For more info, click Huntington's Disease. This article talks in more detail about the cause of this condition and offers tips on how you can ensure the best care possible.)