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How can having tay-sachs disease affect people's life?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Misery: Affected patients appear normal at birth & progress normally up to about 6 mo when they plateau & start their decline.They gradually deteriorate & die of complications of their disease by the age of about 4 yrs.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Do people with tay-sachs disease look different than normal?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
No: They look like anyone else.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the life expectancy of someone with tay sachs disease?

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Dr. Que Chu
Dr. Que Chuanswered
General Practice 46 years experience
Tay Sachs: Tay Sachs disease is an autosomal recessive, neurodegenerative disease cause by excessive storage of Gm2 ganglioside withinn cell lysomes. Normal motor function first few months of life following by progressive weakness, starting at 2 to 6 months of age. Life expectancy is 2 to 5 years. Consult genetic expert.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me are people with tay-sachs disease sterile?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Confusing question: These affected patients never live long enough to become fertile.The gene survives because it passes quietly in the unaffected carriers.Ts only emerges when 2 carrier parents give birth to an effected infant.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it uncommon for tay sachs disease to start to manifest later in life?

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Dr. Richard Wasserman
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Very Rare: Tay sachs is a metabolic defect that begins to cause problems immediately after birth. Neurologic abnormalities are identified during the first year of life and these children all die in the first years of life. There may be another neurologic disorder that has some of the clinical features of tay sachs that shows up later.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Do people with tay-sachs disease look different than us normal people?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
No.: Without molecular diagnostic methods, only the cherry red spot, provides a definitive diagnostic sign. They don't even have liver and spleen enlargement.

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