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huntington's disease

Huntington's disease is a progressive, degenerative disease that may cause nerve cells in the brain to waste away. As a result, the person may experience uncontrolled movements, emotional disturbances and mental deterioration.


Symptoms may include:


  • personality changes
  • decreased cognitive ability
  • difficulty making decisions
  • difficulty learning new information or remembering important information
  • balance problems
  • sudden jerky, involuntary movements throughout the body
  • difficulty shifting the gaze without moving the head
  • hesitant, halting or slurred speech
  • swallowing problems
  • dementia

Causes may include:


  • inherited condition caused by a single abnormal gene

Treatment may include:


  • long-term nursing home care
  • medication
  • speech therapy
  • physical and occupational therapy

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