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What are symptoms of tay-sachs disease?

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Dr. Nela Cordero answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

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.

Answered 9/26/2012

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Dr. Yash Khanna answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Symptoms of TAYSACHS: Children are noemal at birth and develop normally first six months than deterioration of mental and physical abilities start child develop blindness, deafness, unable to swallow, atrophic and becomes paralysed and death occurs before age of four.

Answered 7/30/2012

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Dr. Ecaterina Sartina answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Several forms exists: Infantile form: child appear normal until the age of 3-6 mo, when their development slows & muscles used for movement weaken. Affected infants lose motor skills such as turning over, sitting, and crawling. They also develop an exaggerated startle reaction to loud noises. As the disease progresses, seizures, vision&hearing loss, intellectual disabilities&paralysis may appear with abnormal eye exam.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Cornelia Franz answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Detrioration: An autosomal recessive genetic disorder. In its most common variant (known as infantile tay–sachs disease), it causes a progressive deterioration of mental and physical abilities that commences around six months of age. There is regression of development. Patients become deaf and blind and have a shortened life. It is quite sad.

Answered 12/23/2012

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