To confirm that your baby has Tay-Sachs disease, your Mayo Clinic doctor will ask you about the child's symptoms and any hereditary family disorders and will order a diagnostic blood test.
While performing a complete physical exam of your child, the doctor may see a cherry-red spot in the back of the child's eyes, which is a sign of the disease.
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- What is Tay-Sachs disease? Genetics Home Reference. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/tay-sachs-disease. Accessed Sept. 9, 2014.
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- Tay-Sachs disease information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/taysachs/taysachs.htm. Accessed Sept. 9, 2014.
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