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Huntington's Disease Diagnosis Medical diagnosis of the onset of Huntington's Disease can be made following the appearance of physical symptoms specific to the disease. Genetic testing can be used to confirm a physical diagnosis if there is no evidence of family history. Prior to the onset of symptoms, genetic testing can confirm if an individual or embryo carries an expanded copy of the trinucelotide repeat in the HTT gene that causes the disease. Genetic counselling is available to provide advice and guidance throughout the testing procedure, and on the implications of a confirmed diagnosis. These implications include the impact on an individual's psychology, career, family planning decisions, relatives and relationships. Despite the availability of presymptomatic testing, only 5% of those at risk of inheriting the disease do so. Other causes of Chorea, such as a CVA, certain drugs or long term alcohol abuse must be excluded during the initial stages of diagnosis. Treatment
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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