Genetic Disorders: Huntington’s Disease
The purpose of this course is to define Huntington’s disease, explain the etiology, the variants, the symptoms, medical treatments, and patient management.

Course Publication Date: November 02, 2022

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Wanda Lockwood RN, BA, MA
Course No:GDHD0722
Contact Hours:5.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
Pediatric Medicine
Learning Objectives
  • Define and describe Huntington’s disease.

  • Describe the genetic mutation that causes Huntington’s disease.

  • Describe characteristics of adult-onset Huntington’s disease

  • Describe characteristics of juvenile-onset Huntington’s disease.

  • Describe characteristics of late onset Huntington’s disease.

  • Explain how CAG repeats affect the diagnosis of HD.

  • List 3 types of diagnostic testing.

  • Explain the Unified Huntington’s Disease Rating Scale (UHDRS).

  • Describe the precursor and prodrome stages.

  • Describe the 5 stages of Huntington’s disease.

  • Describe at least 3 common motor symptoms.

  • Discuss at least 4 common cognitive symptoms.

  • Discuss at least 2 common psychiatric symptoms.

  • Describe at least 4 drugs commonly used to treat HD.

  • Describe at least 4 different types of therapy used to manage patient care.


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