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Huntington's Disease (HD)

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For many people, conditions such as Huntington’s disease—unpreventable, progressively debilitating, incurable and ultimately fatal—are frightening, especially because individuals with this disease can unknowingly pass it on to their offspring before they even know they have it. While science has not yet produced a solution to Huntington’s disease, there are some treatment options and steps patients can take to have as full a life as possible. The doctors at Florida Hospital are experts in Huntington’s disease and other neurological disorders, and can provide potential HD patients with all available diagnosis and treatment options in the comfort of our caring, patient-focused environment. 

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Huntington’s disease (HD) is a genetically inherited neurological condition characterized by the degeneration of neurons in certain areas of the brain—in layman’s terms, brain cells slowly self-destruct—causing uncontrolled movement, a loss of intellectual ability and emotional disturbances, such as mood swings, irritability and depression. HD usually begins in middle adulthood and gets progressively worse, leading to the patient eventually becoming unable to take care of himself and oftentimes being placed in an institution; between 10 and 30 years after diagnosis, most patients die, usually from infection, heart disease, fall-related injuries or suicide. Juvenile Huntington’s disease has an onset age of less than 20 years old, and symptoms for these patients generally progress more quickly.

HD affects roughly eight in every 100,000 individuals, most commonly persons of Western European descent. Huntington’s disease is passed along from parents to child through a mutation in a normal gene, though in 1 to 3 percent of HD cases, no familial history of the disease can be located.

Currently, there is neither a cure nor a medication to slow the disease’s progress, though some medications can be used to treat depression, psychosis or movement-related symptoms.

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