By Noah Nelson, Alex Spurlock, and Marcus Morrow 3A
Ten Interesting Facts
In 80% of Cri Du Chat cases the chromosome carrying the deletion of the chromosome comes from the father's sperm rather than the mother's egg.
The disease becomes less noticeable as the baby gets older.
Cri-du-chat is French for the cry of the cat.
Geneticist Jerome Lejeune identified cri-du-chat (he also identified down syndrome)
13% result from an error of chromosome 5 from the parent.
It is thought that girls receive this disease more than boys.
At present it is not possible to predict how severely affected the baby will be.
The main issues are located in band 5p 15.2.
Cri Du Chat is the most common syndrome cause by a chromosomal deletion.
It is possible to detect it with amniocentesis (chorionic villus sampling or CVS)
Life Expectancy and Treatments
A small amount of children are born with serious organ problems that are life threatening, but most individuals have a normal life expectancy.
Most fatal complications occur before their one years of age.
What are the treatments for Cri Du Chat?
The treatments (therapies) that these kids need, differ from each kid.
Some therapies they might have are-
Cry of the cat syndrome is a disease that is passed down from the father's side that causes a brain setback and speaking issues along with a cry that sounds like a cat meowing. This disease only occurs 1/20,000-50,000 newborns. So it is not very common but is more common then other diseases.
Noah Nelson is a student at Centennial High School and enjoys long walks on the beach and reading in his free time
Marcus Morrow is a student at Centennial High School who enjoys making peace signs while friends are flexing behind him
Alex Spurlock is a Japanese sumo wrestler who knows whats up