Cri Du Chat Syndrome

By: Caleb and Ian

Cri Du Chat

Cri Du Chat is a syndrome caused when the end of the short arm of chromosome 5 is missing. There is a 1 in 20,000 to 50,000 chance to be born with it. It gets its name from the baby's cry which sounds like a cat meowing.

The Cold Hard Facts


Cri Du Chat is diagnosed by the baby's cry. The cat-like cry becomes less noticeable over time. The disease is characterized by; learning disabilities, slow development, small head size, low birth weight, and weak muscle tone when you are a baby. It is usually not inherited.


The disease is neither dominant nor recessive and is a nondisjuncton. Professionals are there to help the child to reach his/her maximum potential through therapy. The genetic Testing Registry (GTR) gives information about the condition. They have the same prognosis as a normal human.
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