Cri du chat syndrome - Overview
Chromosome 5p deletion syndrome; 5p minus syndrome; Cat cry syndrome
Definition of Cri du chat syndrome:
Cri du chat syndrome is a group of symptoms that result from missing a piece of chromosome number 5. The syndrome' s name is based on the infant' s cry, which is high-pitched and sounds like a cat.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors:
Cri du chat syndrome is rare. It is caused by a problem with chromosome 5.
Most cases are believed to occur during the development of the egg or sperm. A small number of cases occur when a parent passes a different, rearranged form of the chromosome onto their child.
- Reviewed last on: 8/4/2011
- Chad Haldeman-Englert, MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Section on Medical Genetics, Winston-Salem, NC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Descartes M, Carroll AJ. Cytogenetics. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th Ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007: chap 81.
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