Dealing With Tay-Sachs

Renee Cooper

How did my child get Tay-Sachs?

  • Tay- Sachs is a disorder that causes fats to build up in brain cells (GM2 ganglioside) because there is a lack of an enzyme called hexosanminidase.
  • Tay-Sachs is an autosomal recessive trait, meaning that it skips generations and both parents must be carriers in order for your child to get this disorder.
  • There are no environmental causes.
  • It affects the HEXA gene and chromosome 15.

How do I know if my child has Tay-Sachs?

If you feel like your child could have Tay-Sachs, here are some key signs and symptoms that will help you better identify what is going on with your child:

  • Lack of motor skills
  • Blindness
  • Intellectual impairment
  • Neurological impairment

Is there hope for a cure?

Late on-set Tay-Sachs:

  • People with late on-set Tay-Sachs can take a medication that is typically used to treat seizures (Chaperone).

Early on-set Tay-Sachs