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- Having parents who are carriers of the TSD gene
- Race: Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish descent
- TSD is also frequently found in French Canadian and Cajun populations
- Floppy body position
- Shrill cry
- Decreased eye contact
- Increased startle reaction
- Loss of motor skills
- Enlarged head
- Vision loss or blindness
- Difficulty swallowing
- Muscular difficulties such as spastic muscles, weakness, or paralysis
- Intellectual disability
- 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
- Slurred speech
- Psychiatric problems
- Loss of vision
- Spasticity and seizures
Genetic Alliance http://www.geneticalliance.org
National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, Inc. http://www.ntsad.org
About Kids Health http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca
Caring for Kids The Canadian Paediatric Society http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca
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Tay-Sachs disease. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated January 16, 2012. Accessed August 9, 2013.
Tay-Sachs disease information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/taysachs/taysachs.htm. Updated October 6, 2011. Accessed August 9, 2013.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -
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