A gastric feeding tube refers to a piece of medical equipment which is inserted into an individuals stomach to provide nutrition.
Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) is a medical treatment replacing an enzyme in patients in whom that particular enzyme is deficient or absent.
Hexosaminidase A (HEX A) is a vital enzyme produced by the body to break down GM2 ganglioside.
A symptom of Tay-Sachs is abnormal posturing and is something which becomes apparent as the disease progresses – it is known as decerebrate posturing.
Late Onset Tay-Sachs (LOTS), also known as Adult Onset Tay-Sachs, is a very rare form of Tay-Sachs which usually occurs in individuals in their 20s and early 30s.
Ataxia is the name given to a group of neurological disorders that affect balance, coordination, and speech.
Juvenile Tay-Sachs is a very rare form of Tay-Sachs in children and is the result of a lack or severely reduced level of the Hexosaminidase A (Hex-A) enzyme.
Classic Infantile Tay-Sachs is the earliest presenting form of Tay-Sachs in children and is the result in a lack of Hexosaminidase A (Hex-A) enzyme.
Understanding what causes Tay-Sachs requires us to look at a few things. Firstly why it occurs in an individual, then what are the affects to the individual and lastly what is the gene that causes Tay-Sachs.