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Patient 6

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Jaydon Nance

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Patient 6
Jew Jew
Michael Villeda
Jesse Radike
Jaydon Nance

Symptoms
Diagnosis
Since Huntington's Disease is a brain disorder that affects a person's ability to think, talk, and move Susan will have to make choices to fit her life style. She may need to get advice from a health professional or a dietician since HD affects metabolism.
Prognosis
This is Genetic so no prevention
Gets worse and harder over time.
Most likely will only survive 15-20 years from first symptoms.
Cause of death is infection in most cases.
Suicide is not uncommon among people with this.
Other dangers could include falls, choking, and malnutrition.
Susan AKA Patient #6
Susan is a very beautiful and kind 3rd Grade teacher. She loves each one of the little kiddies equally. Susan has had a very tough life. When she was just a little girl her best friend, her Mother, was killed in a accidental (or was it) car crash. But lately her life has been getting tougher and tougher this is due to a couple of physical and mental problems...

Depression/Mild Mood Swings
Uncontrollable feet/hand movements
Short term memory loss
Loss of balance
Susan has reported to both her neurologist and psychologist of the following symptoms:
Brain Region Effected:
Brain Region Effected:
Brain Region Effected:
Brain Region Effected:
Treatment
Amygdala
The amygdala takes control of a person's emotions. Since Susan is experiencing mild mood swings and and times of depression, it is possible that her amygdala may be damaged or deteriorating.
There is no actual treatments for Huntington's Disease But patient are prescribe Medication like:
Tetrabenizine which helps suppress the involuntary jerking associated with the disease.
Antipsychotic Drugs Like Haloperidol and Clozaril.
Testing

Susan's mother seemed to show the same symptoms as Susan before she passed away. When the doctors received news of this information they performed:
Head MRI scan
physical exam
research family history
Frontal Lobe-Motor Cortex
Other Treatments
A group of neurologists diagnosed Susan with Huntington's disease.
Huntington's Disease
Involuntary hand/feet movement could indicate of a possible harmed motor cortex. It is also possible that the motor neurons located within the motor cortex could be damaged causing Susan's involuntary limb movement.
Other Ways to help treat a person with Huntington's Disease is to prescribe speech and physical therapy to help the person live a much normal life.
Pre-Frontal Lobe
Unlike the hippocampus, which is responsible for long-term memory, the pre-frontal lobe is mainly takes charge of short-term memory. The fact that Susan is forgetting little details at work, could be because of a weakened pre-frontal lobe.
Cerebellum
With Susan's constant tumbling, falling over, and lack of balance, it's almost certain that her cerebellum could be in serious danger; especially if her "clumsiness" is occurring quite more often than normal.
Huntington's Disease is an hereditary disorder with mental and physical deterioration leading to death. It's a dominant genetic disorder that effects the nervous system.
Why?
Huntington's Disease is located on chromosome 4.
Many signs pointed to this disease. People with Huntington's disease usually develop symptoms in their mid 30s and 40s. Her mother showed the same symptoms as Susan.
This disease is a hereditary disease. Even though this was once considered a rare disease, currently 1 out of 10,000 Americans has Huntington's Disease.
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