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J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 1999 Jan;66(1):52-6.

Differences in duration of Huntington's disease based on age at onset.

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Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis 46202, USA. foroud@medgen.iupui.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Data from a sample of 2494 patients affected with Huntington's disease (HD), collected as part of the National Research Roster for Huntington Disease Patients and Families, were examined to determine if there was a relation between age at onset and duration of illness.

METHODS:

Sufficient data for inclusion in analysis was available from 2068 patients, of whom 828 were deceased and 1240 were living. The median duration of disease was 21.4 years with a range of 1.2 to 40.8 years. Patients were categorised into one of four groups based on their age at onset.

RESULTS:

Significant differences in duration based on the age at onset were found (p<0.025), with juvenile and late onset patients with HD having shorter duration of illness compared with those with an onset between 20-49 years.

CONCLUSIONS:

Duration of disease is influenced by the age at symptom onset with juvenile and late onset patients having the shortest duration.

PMID:
9886451
PMCID:
PMC1736160
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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