Cri Du Chat Syndrome

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Cri du chat syndrome occurs when a piece of chromosomal material is missing from a particular region on chromosome 5.


Individuals with this syndrome have unusual facial features, poor muscle tone (hypotonia), small head size (microcephaly), and mental retardation. A classic feature of the syndrome is the cat-like cry made by infants with this disorder.

Type of Disease:

It is a chromosomal disorder due to the missing chromosome material from the region on chromosome 5.


Currently, there is no cure for cri du chat syndrome. Treatment consists of supportive care and developmental therapy.
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Works Cited

Cri du chat syndrome.” Holly Ann Ishmael, MS, CGC. The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders. Ed. Laurie Fundukian. 3rd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2010. 2 vols.

Cri du chat syndrome.” Holly Ann Ishmael, M.S. and Rebecca J Frey, PhD. The Gale Encyclopedia of Children’s Health: Infancy through Adolescence. Ed. Jacqueline L. Longe. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2011. 4 vols.