Cri-du-Chat Syndrome

by Sally Qiu

Symptoms of Cri-du-Chat Syndrome

Cri-du-chat syndrome is translated to "cry of the cat". Infants with this syndrome have a high-pitched cry that resembles a cat's. This condition is distinguished by intellectual disability and delayed development, low birth weight, small head size, and weak muscle tone in infancy. Those who have this disorder also possess distinct physical features such as widely set eyes, low set ears, a small jaw, and a rounded face. The cat-like cry is the most prominent feature in newborns and is usually diagnostic for cri-du-chat syndrome.

Symptoms of Cri-du-Chat Syndrome

Cri-du-chat syndrome is most distinguished by the high-pitched cry infants have that resemble that of a cat's. The disorder is characterized by intellectual disability and delayed development, small head size, weak muscle tone, and low birth weight in infancy. Those who possess the condition also have distinct physical features such as widely set eyes, low set ears, a small jaw, and a round face. The cat-like cry is the most prominent clinical feature in newborns and is usually diagnostic for cri-du-chat syndrome.

Treatments and Prognosis

There is no specific treatments for this syndrome. Children with this syndrome will most likely require support from parents, therapists, and medical and educational professionals to help the child perform in their fullest potential. If done so, they are capable of achieving their maximum potential. Therapy can help improve motor and language skills.