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Tay-Sachs Disease

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by Hollenstein J




Babies with TSD may seem to develop normally until about 4-5 months of age when symptoms begin to occur. Symptoms may include:
In some cases, the symptoms do not begin until age 2-5 years old. The condition progresses slowly, but most children with Tay-Sachs disease do not live beyond age 15 years. Symptoms may include:
  • Loss of the ability to speak
  • Developmental delay and intellectual disability
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Sleep problems
  • Movement disorder such as difficulty walking and muscle weakness
  • Tremor
  • Slurred speech
  • Psychiatric problems
  • Loss of vision
  • Spasticity and seizures


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