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An unusually low prevalence of Huntington's disease in Iceland.
OBJECTIVESHuntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder characterized by involuntary movements and psychiatric disturbances, found worldwide, with a variable prevalence. The purpose of this study was to determine the history of HD in Iceland and determine the prevalence and incidence of HD.
MATERIALS AND METHODSClinical information was obtained from general, neurologic, and psychiatric hospitals, practicing neurologists, general practitioners, and family members of affected individuals.
RESULTSTwenty-seven individuals were identified with typical symptoms of HD from the 1850s to 2007. All but one sporadic case are descendants of a husband and wife living in the early and mid-19th century. The point prevalence of HD in Iceland is 1.0 per 100,000 individuals.
CONCLUSIONSThe prevalence of HD in Iceland is markedly lower than in the neighboring countries (Norway and the British Isles), where Icelanders originate from.
European neurology 68:1 2012 pg 48-51
History, 16th Century
Pub Type(s)Historical Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't