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Signs of Tay Sachs Disease

Symptoms of Tay Sachs Disease

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Tay Sachs Disease may include:

Note that Tay Sachs Disease symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Tay Sachs Disease signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Tay Sachs Disease:

Infants with Tay-Sachs disease appear to develop normally for the first few months of life. Then, as nerve cells become distended with fatty material, a relentless deterioration of mental and physical abilities occurs. The child becomes blind, deaf, and unable to swallow. Muscles begin to atrophy and paralysis sets in. A much rarer form of the disorder which occurs in patients in their twenties and early thirties is characterized by unsteadiness of gait and progressive neurological deterioration. Patients with Tay-Sachs have a "cherry-red" spot in the back of their eyes. The condition is caused by insufficient activity of an enzyme called hexosaminidase A that catalyzes the biodegradation of acidic fatty materials known as gangliosides. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Tay-Sachs Disease Information Page: NINDS)

More Symptoms of Tay Sachs Disease:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Tay Sachs Disease article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

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What are the signs of Tay Sachs Disease?

The phrase "signs of Tay Sachs Disease" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Tay Sachs Disease that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Tay Sachs Disease" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Tay Sachs Disease.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Tay Sachs Disease. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Tay Sachs Disease has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Tay Sachs Disease signs or Tay Sachs Disease symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Tay Sachs Disease may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Tay Sachs Disease symptoms.


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