Huntington's disease is an inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.
Huntington's disease impacts a person's functional abilities
and usually results in movement, cognitive and psychiatric disorders.
Most people with Huntington's disease develop signs and symptoms in their 40s or 50s, but the onset of disease may be earlier or later in life.
When disease onset begins before age 20, the condition is called juvenile Huntington's disease.
Earlier onset often results in a somewhat different presentation of symptoms and faster disease progression.
Treatments can't prevent the physical, mental and behavioral decline associated with the condition However Medications are available to help manage the symptoms of Huntington's disease
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