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Tay-Sachs is an inherited disease in which the body does not break
down fatty compounds, called gangliosides, as it should. As the gangliosides
build up in the body, they damage brain and nerve cells to the point that
these cells cannot function properly.
There are two forms of Tay-Sachs disease:
Treatment for Tay-Sachs disease focuses on controlling symptoms and
preparing for the course of the disease. There is no cure. Additional personal
and family support measures (such as home care or respite care) may be needed
as the disease progresses.
September 6, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics
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