Tay Sachs Disease Is A Fatal Genetic Disorder In Kids

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Tay Sachs disease is a very severe one that appears at the age of six months and the baby will survive only by the age of 4, so there is no cure for it. Tay Sachs is an autosomal recessive genetic disease and it is also called better as infantile Tay Sachs disease. Tay Sachs is a rare disorder, but there is no cure for it, at least not yet. The cause of the Tay Sachs disease is the genetic problem from a single gene that has a defective copy. Tay Sachs symptoms are various and they begin from a very early age: mental and physical problems, the baby cannot hear, cannot see, muscles problems and then paralysis.

Other Tay Sachs symptoms are related to the juvenile Tay Sachs, which is a very rare disorder, and the symptoms are present in kids that have between two up to ten years that can have cognitive, speech, ataxia, spasticity, dysphagia. Tay Sachs is a controversial disease that cannot be explained and understood completely although a lot of studies have been made. Tay Sachs can appear at adults in their 20′s or 30′s, but it is not causing death. The name of this disorder comes from the doctor that discovered the red spot on the retina, called Warren Tay and after the doctor Bernard Sachs that studied the changes at a cellular level of this disease and also observed that they are more frequent at the Jewish from the Eastern Europe.

It is hard to confront to this genetic disorder if you are the parent of a child that suffers from Tay Sachs, but it is also hard to be an adult that has also this disease as psychological problems can appear. It is horrible to be confronted to something like this as a parent, taking in consideration that for six months, you child seems alright and from a sudden things change radically. Doctors have methods that will make the baby feel better, but death is imminent. Let us hope that in the future a cure for this disease will come out or a test that tells us from time if we have a baby with such problems.

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