Tay-Sachs disease

Jaden Jones-Watkins

History

In the Year of 1881 a man named Warren Tay discovered a "cherry red spot" on a child. He also saw physically and mentally retardation in the child and connected the two.

Symptoms

  • The most common form of Tay-Sachs disease is normally in infants.
  • It doesn't become noticeable until around 3-6 months of age.
  • Muscles used for movement are weakened
  • Motor skills (turning over, sitting, crawling) are limited.
  • Seizures

Frequency

  • Tay-Sachs is very rare, with less then 20,000 U.S. cases a year
  • Typically found in People with a certain ancestry, such as European Jews

Treatments

There is currently no cure for Tay-Sachs, the goal of treatment for Tay-sachs is to make the lives of patients as comfortable as possible.

Prognosis

  • Classic Tay-Sachs disease children die before the age of 5.
  • Juvenile Tay-Sachs is also fatal and death occurs in early adulthood.

References

"Tay-Sachs Disease." Genetics Home Reference. , 29 Aug. 2013. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.


"Tay-Sachs Disease - Prognosis." SparkPeople. N.p., 25 Oct. 2015. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.


"Tay Sachs." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.