IntroductionOde to Huntingtons ChoreaHuntingtons Chorea is a progressive degenerative brain conditionThe affected basal ganglia causes choreiform movements and mental deteriorationIt is adult-onset, autosomal dominant inherited disorderMostMoreIntroductionOde to Huntingtons ChoreaHuntingtons Chorea is a progressive degenerative brain conditionThe affected basal ganglia causes choreiform movements and mental deteriorationIt is adult-onset, autosomal dominant inherited disorderMost adult-onset Huntingtons inherit the gene from their mothersThe juvenile Huntingtons inherit the gene from their fathersInheritance through the father can lead to the disease onset earlierThe most important symptom is the choreiform movementsThere is usually emotional disturbance and cognitive impairmentDiagnosis is from the history of chorea and poor mental abilitiesCT scan or MRI may show the caudate nucleus having selective atrophyThere is no cure for Huntingtons ChoreaMental impairment may finally lead to dementiaTreatment is with medications to control the symptomsPsychotic drugs are given for psychosis and behavioral problemsDrugs that help to reduce chorea include TetrabenazineOther drugs that help include neuroleptics and benzodiazepines-An original poem by Kenneth KeeInteresting Tips about the Huntingtons ChoreaA Healthy Lifestyle1.
Take a well Balanced Diet2. There is no cure for Huntingtons Chorea but symptomatic control of choreiform movements with haliperidol or chlorpromazine may help.Tetrabenazine was approved in 2008 for treatment of chorea in Huntingtons disease in the US.Other drugs that help to reduce chorea include neuroleptics and benzodiazepines.Compounds such as amantadine or remacemide are still under investigation but have shown preliminary positive results.Hypokinesia and rigidity, especially in juvenile cases, can be treated with anti-parkinsonian drugs, and myoclonic hyperkinesia can be treated with valproic acid.Psychiatric symptoms can be treated with medications similar to those used in the general population.Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and mirtazapine have been recommended for depression, while atypical antipsychotic drugs are recommended for psychosis and behavioral problems.Weight loss and eating difficulties due to dysphagia and other muscle discoordination are common, making nutrition management increasingly important as the disease advances.As the condition progress hospitalization or institutional care is usually indicated.Genetic counseling is important for treatment and prevention of Huntingtons Chorea.3.
Keep bones and body strongBone marrow produces our bloodEat foods rich in calcium like yogurt, cheese, milk, and dark green vegetables.Eat foods rich in Vitamin D, like eggs, fatty fish, cereal, and fortified milk.Eat food rich in Vitamins B and C such as green vegetables and fruitsZinc and other minerals are important to the body4. Get enough rest and SleepAvoid stress and tension5.
Exercise and stay active.It is best to do weight-bearing exercise such as walking, jogging, stair climbing, dancing, or lifting weights for 2½ hours a week.One way to do this is to be active 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week.Begin slowly especially if a person has not been active.6. Do not drink more than 2 alcohol drinks a day for a man or 1 alcohol drink a day for a woman.