Infantile Tay-Sachs Disease

Rodney S. Austin Jr.

What Is Tay-Sachs Disease?

Tay-Sachs disease is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder, also known as hexosaminidase or GM2 gangliosidosis.

Is It Genetic?

Tay–Sachs disease is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder, meaning that when both parents are carriers of tay-sachs disease there is a 25% risk of giving birth to an affected child with every pregnancy. The child would have received a mutated copy of the gene from each parent.

What Are The Symptoms?

For the first six months after birth the baby would develop normally. Later the child would lose strength of their mental and physical abilities. The child will become blind, deaf, unable to swallow, atrophied, and paralytic. Death of the baby usually occurs before the age of four. Parents may find out if their child has this disorder by either the precdure amniocentesis, done around the 16th week of pregnancy, and chorionic villus sampling (CVS), performed between the 10th and 13th weeks.

Are There Any Treatment or Cure?

To date, there is no cure or effective treatment for Tay-Sachs disease.

This disorder cannot be subsided.