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Huntington’s Disease
Bradley Amos
St. Ambrose University
March 21, 2011

Huntington’s Disease Huntington’s disease is a devastating and progressive neurological disorder that results primarily from degeneration of nerve cells deep in the center of the brain that waste away (PubMed Health, 2011). According to National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke (2010) more than 15,000 Americans suffer from this debilitating disease. Nearly all people who develop Huntington’s disease will die within 10 to 30 years from onset. This disease does not show bias to any sex, ethnicity or race. The pathophysiology of Huntington’s disease is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait with high penetrance (Jarvis, 2008, p.360). The symptoms of Huntington’s disease are abnormal uncontrollable movements and personality changes (Jarvis, 2008, p.360). As the disease progresses so does the severity of the symptoms. It is a genetic disease that is passed on from generation to generation. A person can be genetically tested to determine if you have the gene for this disease. To date there is not a cure for this rare debilitating disease (Medline Plus, 2009).
Definition of Disorder
Huntington’s disease was named after an American doctor George Huntington in 1872. Before it was named by Doctor Huntington it was called “chorea” which means choreography in Greek. It was named so because people affected by this disease would twist, turn and jerk in uncontrollable movements that others perceived as dancing moves (National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke, 2010). There are two forms of Huntington’s disease. Adult-onset, which is the most common, usually develops when the person is in their mid 30s or 40s. Early-onset is rarer and develops in childhood or adolescents (Medline Plus, 2009).…...

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