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Could a person with tay-sachs disease have children?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: They would never live long enough to do so.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of tay-sachs disease?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Birth defect: Tay sachs disease is caused by a chromosomal abnormality and would be because both parents passed the gene (autosomal recessive) and is seen in 1:3000 babies seen in ashkenazi jewish population.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms of tay-sachs disease?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
TAY-SACHS D.: Missing developmental milestone after age 6 months, develop progressive cognitive and motor deterioration with seizures, mental retardation, paralysis and death in early age.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for tay-sachs disease?

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Dr. David Rosenthal
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Genetic testing: Genetic testing can be done at labs. See a genetic counselor for details and for other apropos genetic tests for you to have at the same time.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What exactly is tay-sachs disease?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Storage disease: Tay sachs is a disease of error in metabolism. Certain by products of metabolism collect and are deposited in liver and other organs. This deposition can result in ineffective organ function.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How common is tay sachs disease?

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Dr. Michel Mikhael
Neonatology 41 years experience
Very rare: very rare in general population, highest risk among Ashkenazi Jewish families

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