There are 3 forms of Sandhoff
Infantile Sandhoff - Symptoms appear around 6 months of age.
Juvenile Sandhoff - Symptoms appear after the first year of life, typically between ages 2 and 5, but can occur anytime during childhood.
Late Onset Sandhoff - Symptoms typically appear in adolescence or early adulthood, but sometimes later.
Who is at risk?
Anyone can be a carrier of Sandhoff. When both parents are carriers, each child has a 25% of having the disease. The carrier rate for the general population is low, approximately 1/600 and it is not yet clear whether Sandhoff disease is more common in any particular population, but may have a higher carrier rate in several somewhat isolated populations. Talk to your doctor about Genetic Counseling to discuss your options before starting your family.
Support for Families - Resources collected specifically for families
Research - To date, there is no treatment or cure for Sandhoff disease but there is exciting ongoing research.
History of Sandhoff - The disease is named for Konrad Sandhoff, a German chemist.