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What is Tay Sachs?

What is Tay Sachs?

  • Tay Sachs: Rare genetic disease leading to fatty deposits in the brain.

Tay Sachs: Introduction

Types of Tay Sachs:

Types of Tay Sachs:

Broader types of Tay Sachs:

Who gets Tay Sachs?

Patient Profile for Tay Sachs: Infants usually after 3 months for classic type. Rarer subtype affects juveniles and young adults.

Race Profile for Tay Sachs: Most common in Ashkenazi Jews.

How serious is Tay Sachs?

Prognosis of Tay Sachs: Poor. Infants usually die by age 5.

What causes Tay Sachs?

Causes of Tay Sachs: see causes of Tay Sachs
Cause of Tay Sachs: Genetic defect in hexosaminidase A leads to fatty deposits of ganglioside GM2 accumulate in the brain's nerve cells.
Risk factors for Tay Sachs: see risk factors for Tay Sachs

What are the symptoms of Tay Sachs?

Symptoms of Tay Sachs: see symptoms of Tay Sachs

Can anyone else get Tay Sachs?

More information: see contagiousness of Tay Sachs
Inheritance: see inheritance of Tay Sachs

Inheritance of genetic conditions: see details in inheritance of genetic diseases.

Tay Sachs: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Tay Sachs.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Tay Sachs.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Tay Sachs: Medical Geneticist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Tay Sachs.
Treatments for Tay Sachs: see treatments for Tay Sachs
Research for Tay Sachs: see research for Tay Sachs

Organs Affected by Tay Sachs:

Organs and body systems related to Tay Sachs include:

Name and Aliases of Tay Sachs

Main name of condition: Tay Sachs

Class of Condition for Tay Sachs: genetic autosomal recessive

Other names or spellings for Tay Sachs:

Tay Sachs: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Tay Sachs:

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