Behavior changes may occur before movement problems, and can include:
Abnormal and unusual movements include:
Dementia that slowly gets worse, including:
Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:
Symptoms in children:
The doctor will perform a physical exam and may ask questions about the patient's family history and symptoms. A neurological exam will also be done. The doctor may see signs of:
A head CT scan may show loss of brain tissue, especially deep in the brain.
Other tests that may show signs of Huntington's disease include:
Genetic tests are available to determine whether a person carries the gene for Huntington's disease.
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