• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Huntington's Disease and the Family

  • By: Oliver Quarrell
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Huntington's disease (HD) is a chronic, progressive selective neurodegenerative disorder, which can last around 20 years. The condition affects both males and females and is characterized by problems with movement, cognitive impairment, and a mood disorder. HD has an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance: meaning that on average, half the offspring of an affected person will develop the same condition. This entry considers, first, issues for caring for an affected individual in the context of a family and, second, options for those individuals who are at 50% risk of developing HD.

History, Epidemiology, Genetics, and Pathology

George Huntington gave the first clear concise description of this condition in 1972. Until relatively recently, the condition was known as Huntington's chorea reflecting the most obvious clinical sign of random ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles