Tay-Sachs Disease

By: Michael Carr, 2/9/16, Child Development

What Is Tay-Sachs Disease?

Tay-Sachs disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes continuous destruction of the nervous system. Tay-Sachs prevents the body to make hexosaminidase. The body then cannot break down ganglioside. This causes build up in the central nervous system, not allowing it to function properly.


There is no cure or treatment for Tay-Sachs disease. However, specialists can give medication for seizures and other effects. Respiratory problems can be helped by draining lungs of mucus and other fluids. Physical Therapy is used to sustain maximum flexibility in muscles and movement in joints.


Parents can tested to see if they are carriers. If both test positive after the pregnancy has begun, an abortion is an option.


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