Journal article

Cognitive domains that predict time to diagnosis in prodromal Huntington disease

Deborah Lynn Harrington, Megan M Smith, Ying Zhang, Noelle E Carlozzi, Jane S Paulsen

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Prodromal Huntington's disease (prHD) is associated with a myriad of cognitive changes but the domains that best predict time to clinical diagnosis have not been studied. This is a notable gap because some domains may be more sensitive to cognitive decline, which would inform clinical trials. OBJECTIVES: The present study sought to characterise cognitive domains underlying a large test battery and for the first time, evaluate their ability to predict time to diagnosis. METHODS: Participants included gene negative and gene positive prHD participants who were enrolled in the PREDICT-HD study. The CAG-age product (CAP) score was the measure of an individual's genetic signature. A fa..

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