What is Huntington’s disease?
Huntington’s disease is a genetic neurodegenerative condition that results in brain cell death, caused by a faulty gene that we all have.
The regions of the brain affected are the frontal lobe and basal ganglia. These regions are responsible for motor movement and control and coordination, cognition, personality and emotions.
Deterioration in these regions of the brain leads to significant impairments in one’s ability to think feel and move. As a result people will experience the symptoms of Huntington’s disease
Whilst people are born with a faulty of the gene, they are not born with Huntington’s disease, instead onset predominantly occurs in young-middle adulthood. There is a juvenile form of the disease that presents before the age of 20 years and although rare, it is more rapidly progressive.
Currently there is no cure for Huntington’s disease or effective treatment.