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Cri du chat syndrome, also known as chromosome 5p deletion syndrome, 5p minus syndrome or Lejeune’s syndrome, is a rare genetic disorder due to a missing part of chromosome 5.

The condition affects an estimated 1 in 50,000 live births, strikes all ethnicities, and is more common in females by a 4:3 ratio.[2]

The syndrome gets its name from the characteristic cry of affected infants, which is similar to that of a meowing kitten, due to problems with the larynx and nervous system. About 1/3 of children lose the cry by age 2.

Other symptoms of cri du chat syndrome may include:

  • feeding problems because of difficulty swallowing and sucking;
  • low birth weight and poor growth;
  • severe cognitive, speech, and motor delays;
  • behavioral problems such as hyperactivity, aggression, tantrums, and repetitive movements;
  • excessive drooling;

Useful Links

Cri-du-Chat Syndrome Support Group

This UK group provides support for families and raises awareness of the condition. The site has a good deal of information, further links and also an excellent downloadable handbook is available free.

5P- Society

A US based support group for those affected by Cri-du-Chat. Provides a growing website including an journal which available online.

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