First Signs Of Tay Sachs Disease In Infancy

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Tay Sachs disease is a genetic disorder that can cause both the mental and the physical deterioration of the patient’s body. The condition is commonly formed during the first six months of life of the child. Most of the times, unfortunately the condition also leads to the death of the baby. One of the most important reasons why this disease is one that will lead to death is linked to the fact that it produces serious damage to the brain and nerve cells. This way premature cell death occurs, resulting in increased body damage.

This condition has first been discovered in 1881, but research in this domain has continued for years. This is how specialists found that the condition can be caused by a genetic mutation. Tests performed on parents ahead of trying to conceive a child are the best way to make sure that the risk of their baby being diagnosed with such a disease will be extremely low. However, there are numerous symptoms associated with this condition in its first stages, including neurological symptoms. Parents should be very careful, as there usually are no visible first signs of the condition forming. In this context it is really important to mention the fact that during the first six months of life of a baby who has the disease, no abnormal developmental signs will be present. This means that infants will appear as evolving normally. As soon as six months, symptoms will most likely be felt. The relentless deterioration of both mental and physical abilities will be felt by the baby. The disease will continue evolving until the age of 4, when death will mostly likely occur. Until that moment the child will already be deaf and paralytic.

The unfortunately reality is that there are no types of treatments known today to be able to cure Tay Sachs disease. This is the main reason why infants are going to die around the age of 4. It takes about four years for the disease to evolve and reach the stage in which physical deterioration achieves such a level that the patient is not able to survive and death occurs. Even though the condition cannot be cured, symptoms can be relieved and this means that the patient can receive the needed support to deal with the disease better. A treatment administrated as soon the first signs of the condition are experienced will also be able to prolong the period of life of a child.

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