Medical genetics, Huntington's chorea, and legal questions pertaining to autopsy

Henry T. Lynch, Patrick M. Lynch, William J. Kimberling, Jane F. Lynch

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Abstract

A family with Huntington's chorea was evaluated. The 65-year-old male proband had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. Because of Huntington's chorea in the family, he was considered "affected" by many of his relatives. Following his death, autopsy was refused by the patient's son, who had been his legal guardian. Legal consultation eventually led to autopsy, which showed no evidence of Huntington's chorea. Genetic counselling was provided for his children and siblings. Pertinent legal and neuropsychiatric issues in Huntington's disease are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-160
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Medicine
Volume75
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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Huntington Disease
Medical Genetics
Autopsy
Legal Guardians
Genetic Counseling
Nuclear Family
Siblings
Referral and Consultation

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Medical genetics, Huntington's chorea, and legal questions pertaining to autopsy. / Lynch, Henry T.; Lynch, Patrick M.; Kimberling, William J.; Lynch, Jane F.

In: American Journal of Medicine, Vol. 75, No. 1, 1983, p. 157-160.

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Lynch, Henry T. ; Lynch, Patrick M. ; Kimberling, William J. ; Lynch, Jane F. / Medical genetics, Huntington's chorea, and legal questions pertaining to autopsy. In: American Journal of Medicine. 1983 ; Vol. 75, No. 1. pp. 157-160.
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