Tay-Sachs Disease

Familial Genetic Disorder

What is Tay-Sachs? (TSD)

Tay-Sachs is a disease that is commonly found in young children. Its very fatal and causes deterioration of the nervous system. Most Children don't make it to the age of 2 because of TSD. Tay-Sachs is caused by the absence of a very important enzymed called hexosaminidase-A, or Hex-A.

The genetic pattern of the disorder.

The genetic pattern of TSD is recessive. Both parents of an Tay Sachs individual with an autosomal recessive condition each support one copy of the mutated gene, but they normally don't show signs and symptoms of the condition.

How Tay-Sachs nerve cell differ from a regular human nerve cell.

The diagram shows two nerve cells. One suffering from TSD and an ordinary cell. The TSD cell (on the bottom).

How a person deals with the disorder on a daily basis and what problems have to be defeated.

On a daily basis, the baby must take its medication and have someone help him or her with eating. The baby must excercise regularly to stimulate the nerves and muscles. Venerlators are needed to help the baby breath. As of now, TSD cannot be conquered because we do not have proper information on how to stop it.

Therapies and treatments for the disorder occuring now or possibly in the future.

At the moment there are no cure for TSD. Some treatments are managing the symptoms, prevent complications, and making the patient comfortable. Physical Therapy is a great way to help TSD. Taysach patience also require assistance with breathing and eating because they have difficulty breathing and swallowing. In the future, there is no certainty that this disease will cease to exist but it will get better hopefully.