Huntington’s disease is an inherited genetic disorder that kills certain cells in the striatum region of the brain, but it doesn’t affect other nerve cells. The striatum controls emotions, body movements, and other neurological processes. This loss of brain cells leads to uncontrolled movements, physical and mental deterioration, and ultimately, death.
Signs of the disease in children include:
There’s no known cure, but medications can relieve symptoms or slow the progression of the disease.
UT Southwestern Medical Center is a leader in genetics research and screening, as well as learning more about genetic disorders and how to treat them. Working with Children’s Medical Center, we operate Genetic and Metabolism Clinics that focus on the diagnosis and management of a variety of genetic conditions.