Huntington Disease: Predictive Genetic Testing


Predictive testing for Huntington disease offers potential benefits to those at‐risk individuals who want to find out their genetic destiny in order to have greater control over their lives, although the potential psychological impact of the procedure must be carefully considered.

Figure 1.

The proband is at 50% risk for Huntington disease. His affected father inherited marker A from the affected grandfather and marker B from the unaffected grandmother. The proband has inherited from his father the genetic marker (A) which is transmitted with the HD mutation in his family and is therefore at high risk. Note that the test would have been uninformative if he had inherited the other marker (B) from his mother. □: males; ○: females; ▪: affected individuals.



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Web Links

Huntingtin (HD); LocusID: 3064. LocusLink:

Huntingtin (HD); MIM number: 143100. OMIM:‐post/Omim/dispmim?143100

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Craufurd, David(Sep 2006) Huntington Disease: Predictive Genetic Testing. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005633]