S: Huntington's Disease
FC: Huntington's Disease by Jovanna Azcarate
1: Table of Contents 1. What is it?/Inheritance. 2. Any Symptoms? 3. How is it Diagnosed? 4. Can this be Treated? 5. Prognosis. 6. What about the Kids? 7. Can I get Help? 8. Punnett Square Time! 9. Picture Time! 10. More & More Pics.
2: What is it ? Huntington's Disease is a disorder passed down through families in which certain nerve cells in the brain waste away or degenerate. This disease is inherited by Autosomal Dominant. | 1.
3: Any symptoms ? Usually symptoms of this disease start to show between the ages of 30+. Symptoms Include; - Antisocial Behaviors - Hallucinations - Irritably - Etc. There's many more symptoms, that also include, abnormal and unusual movements, dementia that slowly gets worse, and anxiety, stress, and tension. | 2.
4: How is it Diagnosed ? The doctor will perform a physical exam and may ask some questions about the patient's family history and symptoms. A neurological exam may be done too. A head CT scan may show a loss of brain tissue, especially deep in the brain. Other tests that may show signs of this disease include; - Head MRi scan - PET (isotope) scan of the brain DNA marker studies may be able to determine if you carry the gene for Huntington's Disease. | 3.
5: Can this be Treated ? Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease, and there is no way to stop this from getting worse. Medication's vary on the type of symptoms. Dopamine Blockers may help reduce abnormal behaviors and movements. Depression and suicide are common in people who have Huntington's Disease. Its important for all those who care about people with this disease to monitor symptoms and get the appropriate medications. Also, as the disease progresses, the patients will need supervision and assistance for 24-hours. | 4.
6: Prognosis ? People with this disease usually die between the ages of 15-20 years after diagnosed with the disease. The cause of death is often infection, although suicide is common too. It is important to know that this disease affects everyone differently. They say that people who have few symptoms and slowly disease progression tend to live a little longer, than those who have a lot of abnormal movements and have a large number of repeats. | 5.
7: What about the kids ? During childhood, children with Huntington's Disease will be able to live a NORMAl childhood. Usually the symptoms start to appear in their 30's. Children with this disease won't even know they have it until they start to show symptoms of this disease. The only way a child could know if he/she has Huntington's Disease, is if their parents decide to tell them at an early age. | 6.
8: Can I get Help ? There is no treatment for Huntington's Disease, but you can get help! Doctor's recommend to get genetic counseling if there is a family history of Huntington's disease. Experts also recommend genetic counseling for couples with a family history of this disease who are considering having children. | 7.
9: Punnett Square Time !! This punnett square shows that there's a 50/50 chance that their child might have Huntington's Disease. | 8.
10: Picture Time!! | 9.
11: 10. | More PiCTURES !