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Causes of Tay Sachs

Causes of Tay Sachs

Tay Sachs is caused by a mutation in the hexosaminidase A gene, HEXA.

Tay Sachs Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Tay Sachs:

Inheritance of Tay Sachs

Autosomal recessive diseases are usually inherited from both parents who are both usually symptom-free genetic carriers (i.e. neither...more »

Race Patterns for Tay Sachs Causes:

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

Tay Sachs: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Tay Sachs, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Tay Sachs:

  • Mild motor weakness
  • Occasional twitches of the eye (myoclonic jerks)
  • GM2 gangliosidosis
  • Cherry-red spot

Tay Sachs: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Tay Sachs: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Tay Sachs:

Causes of Broader Categories of Tay Sachs: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

What causes Tay Sachs?

Causes: Tay Sachs: Genetic defect in hexosaminidase A leads to fatty deposits of ganglioside GM2 accumulate in the brain's nerve cells.

Related information on causes of Tay Sachs:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Tay Sachs may be found in:


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