Tay Sach Disease

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describes Tay Sach disease and the information that a couple living with a child suffering from the disease should know

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Running Head: TAY-SACHS DISEASE1Tay-Sachs DiseaseInstitution AffiliationDate:TAY-SACHS DISEASE2Tay-Sachs disease affects the central nervous system. Its a genetic disorder that iscommon in children and leads to progressive damage of the nervous system. Its caused by lackof an enzyme known as hexosaminidase-A (Hex-A). Without this enzyme, a substance calledGM2 ganglioside abnormally collects in the cells, much more so the brains nerve cells andresults to the progressive damage of the cells (Freedman, 2009).The destruction process in children begins in the fetus early in pregnancy. However ababy with this disease appears normal until the age of about six months when the developmentslows down. By about the age of two years, most children experience recurrent seizures as wellas diminishing mental function. The infant regresses gradually and in the end is unable to crawlor turn over as well as reaching out. The child becomes blind in the end and paralyzes as well asnon-responsive to the environment. By the age of four the disease affects the nervous system ofthe child that death usually results by age five. Tay-Sachs has no cure and the treatment typical

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