Problems often start between 30 to 50 years of age. They are mild at first before they get worse.
Problems may be:
- Changes in eye movements
- Moving without control
- Jerking movements of the arms, legs, face, or belly
- Problems making decisions
- Lack of emotion
- Mood swings
- Problems walking and swallowing
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You will be asked whether you have other people in your family with HD. A physical exam will be done. Cognitive tests may also be done.
Blood tests will be done to look for the faulty gene.
Images may be taken to support the diagnosis. This can be done with:
- MRI scan
- CT scan
- single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan
|MRI Scan of the Brain|
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