Huntington's disease is a progressive brain disorder in which your
brain cells start to break down. Huntington's disease can lead to:
Loss of intellectual
Huntington's disease is passed from parent to child through an
abnormal gene. A child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of
developing the disease.
Huntington's disease is a rare disorder. Approximately 30,000
Americans currently have Huntington's disease, although many more are
at risk for developing it. It affects both males and females and all
Facts about Huntington's disease
If you have the Huntington's disease gene, you will develop the
disease at some point. Most people experience symptoms in their 30s or
40s. But this can vary greatly from person to person.
If your child does not develop the disease, he or she will not pass
it along. For 1% to 3% of people with Huntington's disease, no family
history of the disorder is ever identified.