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Huntington Chorea Definition

Definition

Huntington's disease (HD) is an inherited disorder that affects the brain. HD causes slow, progressive degeneration of nerve cells in certain areas of the brain. Eventually, HD results in:

  • Abnormal body movements
  • Gradual deterioration or loss of intellectual abilities ( dementia )
  • Behavior problems

The disease is named for George Huntington, the physician who first described the condition in the 1870s.

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