Juvenile Huntington disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Huntington disease, juvenile onset
- Juvenile onset HD
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Juvenile HD is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner, which means that one copy of the altered gene in each cell is sufficient to cause the disorder. An affected person usually inherits the altered gene from one affected parent. As the altered HTT gene is passed from one generation to the next, the size of the CAG trinucleotide repeat often increases in size. A larger number of repeats is usually associated with an earlier onset of signs and symptoms (anticipation). A larger number of repeats is usually associated with an earlier onset of signs and symptoms. Most often, children with juvenile HD inherit the expanded CAG trinucleotide repeat from their fathers, although on occasion they inherit it from their mothers.
Last updated: 3/11/2016
- Huntington disease. Genetics Home Reference. June 2013; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/huntington-disease.