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My mum is 60 without symptoms - does she have HD?

January 22, 2014

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My mum is 60 without symptoms - does she have HD?

Q. Good morning,

I am a 24 years old girl. There is HD in my family. My grandma and my maternal aunt were sufering from HD. My question is: my mum is 60 now without any symptom of the disease. Can she suffer from HD? Or, Can she carry the gen and pass it on to me or to my brother?. If this is the case, Do you recommend my mum to do the predictive test? Or, Will it be better if I do the test myself?. Thank you very much.

Clara, 24, Spain

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A. Hi,

Thanks for your question. I’m not sure how old your aunt is, and how old your grandma and aunt were when they started to show signs of HD, but it is certainly encouraging that your mum is now aged 60 and not showing any signs of the condition. If your mum has not inherited the HD gene fault from your grandma, she can not in turn pass it on to you, or any brothers and sisters you may have.

Is HD something that is talked about in your family? Could you let your mum know that you are concerned about the chances of developing HD? Sometimes it is assumed that if it is not talked about, that people can’t be thinking or worrying about it (which of course is not the case). Your mum may not be aware that this is something you are thinking about, particularly if she is well herself. If you or your mum would like the support of local HD services, please email me again with details of whereabouts in Spain you are and I’ll be happy to reply with information.

Best wishes,

Rhona Macleod