Genetic Disorder Project
What is Cri-du-Chat?
-small at birth
-larynx doesn't develop right causing the signature cat-like cry
-unusually round face
-widely set eyes
-folds of skin over their eyes
-small bridge of the nose
-small number have heart defects,muscular or skeletal problems, or poor muscle tone
-as they grow usually have a difficult time walking and talking
-behavioral problems like hyperactivity or aggression
-severe intellectual disability
Life expectancy is normal as long as there are no major organ defects or critical medical conditions.
This is a picture of someones chromosome who has Cri-du-Chat and part of 5p is deleted.
This is someone who has Cri-du-Chat and has some of the symptoms that are caused.
Microcephaly is abnormal smallness of the head like in the picture above.
-special remedial education
Some children may require efforts of a team of specialists to plan an affected child's treatment, sometimes they may even need surgery to treat their certain symptoms such as:
-congenital heart defects
-strabisums (abnormal alignment of the eyes)
-clubfoot (foot is twisted out of shape or position)
Cri-du-Chat usually becomes less noticeable as the individual gets older like in the picture above.
Some children get treatment through therapy such as the above picture.
This is one way to diagnose Cri-du-Chat before the baby is born.