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How can Tay-Sachs disease be prevented?

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Tay-Sachs is a very rare inherited disorder. Children who are born with it have both parents who carry the faulty gene that causes the disease.

You can find out if you’re a carrier with blood tests that analyzes your genes or the levels of the Hex-A protein. If you and your partner both carry the gene and you plan to have children, there’s a 1 in 4 chance that any child of yours will have Tay-Sachs. A genetic counselor can help explain any options for lowering those odds.

From: What is Tay-Sachs Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Tay-Sachs disease.”

National Human Genome Research Institute: “Learning About Tay-Sachs Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine Genetics Home Reference: “Tay-Sachs Disease.”

National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association: “Classic Infantile Tay-Sachs,” “Symptom Management,” “Adult Onset Tay-Sachs.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Tay Sachs Disease.”

Genetics in Medicine: “Late-onset Tay-Sachs disease: Phenotypic characterization and genotypic correlations in 21 affected patients.”

Cleveland Clinic Children’s: “Tay-Sachs.”

American College of Physicians, “Pulmonary Disease.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Tay-Sachs disease.”

National Human Genome Research Institute: “Learning About Tay-Sachs Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine Genetics Home Reference: “Tay-Sachs Disease.”

National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association: “Classic Infantile Tay-Sachs,” “Symptom Management,” “Adult Onset Tay-Sachs.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Tay Sachs Disease.”

Genetics in Medicine: “Late-onset Tay-Sachs disease: Phenotypic characterization and genotypic correlations in 21 affected patients.”

Cleveland Clinic Children’s: “Tay-Sachs.”

American College of Physicians, “Pulmonary Disease.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

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