Treatments cannot slow the down the progression of the disease, but they can provide the patient with some more comfort. A medication has the ability to ease feelings of depression and anxiety. Also, physical or speech therapy helps HD patients live a normal life.
Prognosis: This is a progressive and fatal disease that usually causes death 15 to 30 years after the first symptoms. Most people who develop Huntington's disease can remain active and independent for 10 years or so after the onset of symptoms.
The genetic pattern of inheritance is autosomal dominant
Today pre-genetic diagnostic testing with with In Vitro Fertilization are performed in order to make sure that any fertilized egg implanted does not have the abnormal gene. If a woman is already pregnant, she can receive testing for the fetus with a chorionic villus biopsy at 10-11 weeks or via amniocentesis at 14-18 weeks.
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