Cri Du Chat Syndrome

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Definition:

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

Symptoms:

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.

Treatment:

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.