Tay-Sachs disease is a rare inherited disorder that causes progressive destruction of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The most common form of Tay-Sachs disease begins in infancy. An infant with the disorder appears normal until the age of 3 to 6 months, when development slows and the baby is often unable to crawl, turn over, or grasp objects. As the disease progresses, infants develop seizures, vision and hearing loss, mental retardation, and paralysis. Children with this severe form of Tay-Sachs disease usually live only into early childhood. Other forms of Tay-Sachs disease are much rarer. Signs and symptoms can begin in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood and are usually milder than those seen with the infantile form of Tay-Sachs disease. As in the infantile form, mental abilities and coordination are affected. Signs and symptoms vary widely among people—even among affected members of the same family.

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... Tay-Sachs disease is a rare inherited disorder that causes progressive destruction of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

The most common form of Tay-Sachs disease begins in infancy. An infant with the disorder appears normal until the age of 3 to 6 months, when development slows and the baby is often unable to crawl, turn over, or grasp objects. As the disease progresses, infants develop seizures, vision and hearing loss, mental retardation, and paralysis. Children with this severe form of Tay-Sachs disease usually live only into early childhood.

Other forms of Tay-Sachs disease are much rarer. Signs and symptoms can begin in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood and are usually milder than those seen with the infantile form of Tay-Sachs disease. As in the infantile form, mental abilities and coordination are affected. Signs and symptoms vary widely among people—even among affected members of the same family. ...

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... What is Tay-Sachs Disease? Tay-Sachs disease is a fatal genetic disorder in which harmful quantities of a fatty substance called ganglioside GM2 accumulate in the nerve cells in the brain. Infants wit...
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... Sandhoff disease is a rare, genetic, lipid storage disorder resulting in the progressive deterioration of the central nervous system. It is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme hexosaminidase which re...
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    ... Tay-Sachs disease is a rare inherited disorder that causes progressive destruction of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The most common form of Tay-Sachs disease begins in infancy. An infant w...
  • Tay-Sachs Disease Information Page
    ... Tay-Sachs disease is a fatal genetic disorder in which harmful quantities of a fatty substance called ganglioside GM2 accumulate in the nerve cells in the brain. Infants with Tay-Sachs disease appear ...

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