4Symptoms Cat-like cry in infants Mental Retardation Very small head Slow growthDoesn’t gain weight easilyHypotonia ( poor muscle tone)
5DiagnosisFor infants Cri Du Chat Syndrome is strongly suspected if the characteristic cat-like cry is heard and other symptoms are shownFor older people the cat-like cry is less noticeable, which makes the diagnosis harder for older peopleChromosomal analysis and blood tests provide the definitive diagnosisFISH (fluorescence in-situ hybridization) helps detect small deletions of chromosomesCri Du Chat can be detected during pregnancy if the mother goes in for amniocentesis testing
6TreatmentNo known treatmentBehavioral modification therapy is used to control head-banging, hyperactivity, and other childhood problems.
7Genetic CounselingThey would explain the ways in which this syndrome occurs. They would advise them of the current tests available to them to check whether or not they have an abnormal chromosome 5, and what probability they and their children have of having another child with the syndrome.
8Still no treatment or cure Current ResearchStill no treatment or cureNothing new about the symptoms and diagnosis have been found
9Life ExpectancyLife expectancy is unpredictable, but the oldest person recorded with Cri Du Chat is 60 years old.
10MindyWe interviewed the mother of this baby girl, Mindy. Although she looks normal here, she has had many severe health problems and has had to attend many therapist clinics to try to make her life easier on her and her family. She has been dependent on her mother for everything until she got sick and moved her into an assisted living facility. She is now 37 and tries to live everyday to the fullest and has learned to enjoy life even though she is constantly in pain.
11Works CitedAntle, D. Patrick. “Initial Discovery and Clinical Aspects.” Cri Du Chat Syndrome Cri Du Chat Syndrome. 25 Jan <http://fs6.depauw.edu/~cfornari/DISGEN/CriDuChat%20Website/images/criduchat_karyotype.jpg >Antle, D. Patrick. “Initial Discovery and Clinical Aspects.” Cri Du Chat Syndrome Cri Du Chat Syndrome. 25 Jan (<http://fs6.depauw.edu/~cfornari/DISGEN/CriDuChat%20Website/images/cri-du-chat_diagram.gif>Christie, Margarette. “Cri Du Chat Support Group of Australia.” Cri Du Chat Support Group of Australia. 18 Mar Cri du Chat Support Group of Australia Inc. 25 Jan <http://www.criduchat.asn.au/criduchat/Images/brada.jpg >
12Works Cited Cont.Gauci, Patrick. “Joy Crystal Gauci.” Cri Du Chat Support Group. (Creation date and organization that posted it not mentioned). 25 JanIshmael, Holly Ann. “Cri Du Chat Syndrome.” Health A to Z.14 Aug Gale Group. 25 Jan. 2009<http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/cri_du_chat_syndrome.jsp>Jefferies, Bruce. “Monique Jefferies.” Cri Du Chat Support Group. (Creation date and organization that posted it not mentioned). 25 Jan <http://www.cridchat.u-net.com/gallery/m/monique_1.jpg>
13Works Cited Cont. Margret . E-mail interview. 25 Jan. 2009 No specific author. “Cri Du Chat Syndrome.” Genetics Home Reference. 23 Jan U.S. National Library of Medicines. 25 Jan <http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=criduchatsyndrome>No Author listed) “UK Cri Du Chat Syndrome Support Group. ’ ( Both web page and web site Name ) May 2008 Cri Du Chat Support Groups. 25 Jan <http://www.criduchat.co.uk/gifs/debbie.jpg>Sun Devil. “Causes and Symptoms.” All One needs to know about Cri DU Chat. (no last up dated date is shown). 25 Jan