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Introduction & Overview
Huntingtons disease (HD) is a fatal, hereditary, progressive, neurodegenerative disorder characterized by gradual development of emotional, behavioral, psychiatric abnormalities with loss of intellectual or cognitive functioning and movement abnormalities such as uncontrolled jerking movement of the limbs, trunk and the face (chorea) (1) & (2). In simple terms, it is a genetic disorder of the central nervous system which leads to involuntary movements, dementia, and eventually death.
Approximately one in every 10,000 people develops HD and
there are approximately 30,000 total people suffering from this disorder
in the US. Approximately 150,000 people in the US are at risk of developing
HD for genetic reasons.
Article by Kona Vishnu, MS
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