Medical Surgical Huntington Disease #4

Question

A client was admitted with a new diagnosis of Huntington’s disease. Which symptoms would the nurse expect the client to exhibit? Select all that apply.

Answers

  1. Mood swings with irritability
    • Rationale:

      This answer is correct because symptoms of Huntington’s disease may include: difficulty concentrating, lapses in memory, depression, hopelessness, stumbling, mood swings, irritability, aggressive behaviors, involuntary movements, loss of muscle control, fidgeting, and weight loss.

  2. Difficulty with concentrating
    • Rationale:

      This answer is correct because symptoms of Huntington’s disease may include: difficulty concentrating, lapses in memory, depression, hopelessness, stumbling, mood swings, irritability, aggressive behaviors, involuntary movements, loss of muscle control, fidgeting, and weight loss.

  3. Depression with hopelessness
    • Rationale:

      This answer is correct because symptoms of Huntington’s disease may include: difficulty concentrating, lapses in memory, depression, hopelessness, stumbling, mood swings, irritability, aggressive behaviors, involuntary movements, loss of muscle control, fidgeting, and weight loss.

  4. Eye twitching and facial drooping
    • Rationale:

      This answer is not correct because eye twitching and a facial droop are not included in symptoms for Huntington’s disease. Symptoms of Huntington’s disease may include: difficulty concentrating, lapses in memory, depression, hopelessness, stumbling, mood swings, irritability, aggressive behaviors, involuntary movements, loss of muscle control, fidgeting, and weight loss.

  5. Involuntary movements of the extremities
    • Rationale:

      This answer is correct because symptoms of Huntington’s disease may include: difficulty concentrating, lapses in memory, depression, hopelessness, stumbling, mood swings, irritability, aggressive behaviors, involuntary movements, loss of muscle control, fidgeting, and weight loss.

Overview

Symptoms of Huntington’s disease may include: difficulty concentrating, lapses in memory, depression, hopelessness, stumbling, mood swings, irritability, aggressive behaviors, involuntary movements, loss of muscle control, fidgeting, and weight loss. Huntington’s disease is a genetic inherited condition where brain nerve cells over time break down causing cognition, psychiatric, and movement problems.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

Huntington’s disease is a genetic inherited condition where brain nerve cells over time break down causing cognition, psychiatric, and movement problems. Symptoms of Huntington’s disease may include: difficulty concentrating, lapses in memory, depression, hopelessness, stumbling, mood swings, irritability, aggressive behaviors, involuntary movements, loss of muscle control, fidgeting, and weight loss. No cure is available for this disease, but treatment for symptoms can be controlled with medication.

Test Taking Tip

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