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A Child with Cri Du

Haldeman-Englert, Chad . "Cri du chat
syndrome: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia."
National Library of Medicine - National
Institutes of Health.
cle/001593.htm (accessed May 6, 2013).
"Learning About Cri du Chat." National Human
Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Homepage. (accessed
May 6, 2013).
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6, 2013).
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Cri Du Chat

All you want to know
about it and even some
things that you don't
want to know


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Information compiled by A. Millay

What is Cri Du Chat?

Cri Du Chat is a collection of
symptoms resulting from a piece of
chromosome number 5 being missing.

Does your infant
have Cri Du Chat?

As the name suggests Cri Du Chats
most evident symptom is the cat like
cries the infant releases.


Other symptoms include:

Downward slant to the eyes
Low birth weight and slow growth
Low-set or abnormally shaped ears
Mental disability
Partial webbing or fusing of fingers or toes (ducks)
Single line in the palm of the hand
Skin tags just in front of the ear
Slow or incomplete development of motor skills

Okay the child has
it, Is it my Fault?

Treatment of Cri Du



In about 90% of all cases of Cri Du
Chat the trait is autosomal and
caused by a birth defect. Though it
is possible to be inherited by a
parent (even if they are


There is no specific treatment for Cri
Du Chat. The persons effected with
this will require physical and language
therapy and constant attention in
early life, but are capable of being
perfectly normal functioning members
of society. This is all that can be done.


The diagnosis is usually
determined at the moment of birth
by identification of the cat cry.
An Analysis of the infants
Chromosomes may be preformed
and a more detailed FISH analysis
may be done if the chromosomal
damage isn't evident.
A doctor may make note of the

Small head (microcephaly)
Small jaw (micrognathia)
Wide-set eyes

above is an image of the mouth of an
individual effected with the disorder.

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