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|At-risk||meaning the patient has a parent or sibling who has tested positive for the Huntington's disease|
|Anticipation||occurs when a child develops a disease earlier than his or her parent.|
|CAG Repeat||the repeating unit of DNA ("triplet repeat") present in all normal huntington genges, which when expanded to 36 or more units ("mutant") causes HD.|
|Chorea||refers to involuntary twitching movements that first tend to involve the fingers and toes and then progress to include the whole body|
|Dementia||refers to a gradual loss of intellectual abilities such as memory, concentration, problem solving, and judgment.|
|Dominant||meaning that one need only inherit the gene from one parent to get the disease.|
|Genetic testing||when a person gives a blood sample so that he or she can be tested for the presence of a specific hereditary disease.|
|Hereditary||meaning that it is caused by a gene that is passed from parent to child.|
|Movement disorder||The movement disorder associated with HD consists of two parts: involuntary twitching movements (chorea) and difficulties with voluntary movements in the form of clumsiness, stiffness, or trouble with walking.|
|Neurodegenerative||meaning that it is a progressive condition, which results from accumulating damage to specific areas of the nervous system|
|Psychiatric disturbances||meaning that the patient may develop depression, mania, irritability, apathy or personality changes.|
|Personality changes||changes in behavior or interactions with other people that so no not fall into another diagnostic category.|
|Presymptomatic||when someone is carrying the abnormal ("mutant" or "expanded") gene, but does not yet have symptoms of the manifest disease.|
|Recessive||meaning that one must get the gene from both sides of the family to have the disease.|
|Symptomatic||meaning that a person is carrying the abnormal gene, and showing signs and symptoms of the disease.|
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