Huntington's Chorea (Disease) Kylie Martin - 7


  • Behavioral changes are obvious
  • Aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Irritability
  • Restless- taps their feet and twitch
  • Unable to stay organized
  • Judgement is flawed
  • Possess suicidal thoughts
  • Depression


  • Therapy can help with their muscles
  • Medications can aid with the symptoms
  • Nothing can help slow the development
  • Main goal of treatment is to reduce the impact of the impairment

Can it be cured?

  • Huntington's disease cannot be cured
  • The ventricles are enlarged
  • The ganglia is much smaller than normal

Can it be inherited?

  • There is a dominant gene follow a pattern
  • Only one copy is needed to cause this
  • Gets passed on generation after generation

How common is Huntington's disease?

  • A person has a fifty percent chance of getting it if one of their parents have it
  • Approximately 30,000 Americans have it
  • About 150,000 Americans are at risk for getting it
  • Symptoms really kick in between ages 30-50

How did it get its name?

  • Named after the man who first described Huntington's disease, George Sumner Huntington
  • Chorea refers to the Greek word choreia
  • Choreia means to dance
  • This describes the jerky movements that are caused by the illness

Life Expectancy

  • They normally live about fifteen years after the initial symptoms
  • The earlier the manifestation of Huntington's, the quicker it progresses

How is the family affected?

  • Family members often get depressed, have worsened health, and tend to segregate
  • They worry about them and their other family members possibly carrying this disease as well
  • The family must be quite educated so that they can care for their loved one that has this disease.
  • Huntington's disease is a serious illness that affects anybody that is near to them.
  • They can't control their movements and can't be cured.
  • This kicks in later in life but can be tested for prior.
  • This illness is hereditary so you could be at risk if one of your family members has this.


  • Gulli, Laith, MD, and Deborah L. Nurmi, MS. "Huntington's Disease." The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders. Ed. Tracie Moy and Laura Avery. 4th ed. Vol. 2. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2016. 943-946. Science in Context. Web. 2 Dec. 2016.
  • Marshall, Liz. "Huntington disease." The Gale Encyclopedia of Sciene, edited by K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, 5th ed., Gale, 2014. Science in Context. Web. 2 Dec. 2016.
  • Swarts, Katherine, ed. Genetic Disorders. N.p.: Gale Cengage Learning, n.d. Print. Opposing Viewpoints. Web. 2 Dec. 2016.

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