What is Huntington’s disease?
Huntington’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain gradually stop working. It can cause problems with mental health, behaviour, movement and communication.
What causes Huntington’s disease?
Huntington’s disease is caused by inheriting a faulty gene that results in gradual damage to parts of the brain. A person is only at risk of developing the condition if one of their parents has had it, and there is a 50% chance of the gene being passed on from parent to child.
What are the symptoms of Huntington’s disease?
The symptoms of Huntington’s disease usually begin to show around 30-50 years of age and get worse over time. They may include:
- Difficulties with concentration and memory
- Stumbling and clumsiness
- Involuntary movements
- Changes to moods and personality
- Problems swallowing, speaking and breathing
- Difficulty moving.