Cri du Chat Syndrome

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Cri du Chat syndrome, also known as CdCS or 5p-, is a rare genetic disorder in which a portion of the short arm of chromosome 5 is missing or deleted. The size and location of this deleted genetic materials causes varying symptoms including a characteristic high-pitched, shrill cry, characteristic facial features, slow growth, and a smaller head circumference (microcephaly). Children also display delays in skill acquisition, muscular coordination and mental activities and moderate to severe intellectual disability. Treatment of Cri du Chat syndrome focuses mainly on early interventions to treat specific symptoms and may require the coordinated team of specialists.

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