4SymptomsAs an infant the child’s cry is described as sounding like a cat.Low birth weight and slow growthLower ears.Partial webbing or fusing of fingers or toesSingle line in the palm of the handSlow or incomplete development of motor skillsSmall head and jawMental Retardation
5DiagnosisCri-Du-Chat is diagnosed by the obvious symptom of the cat like cry, most likely after birth in the hospital. The shortened chromosome 5 may also be seen on a chromosomal analysis. As well as by noticing more than one physical symptom.
6PrognosisDepending on the level of seriousness in the diagnosis, most people afflicted may have an average life with a normal life span. Many may have a more severe case mental retardation and will not be able to function in society or care for themselves.
7TreatmentNo known treatment has been developed for this disorder, although some organizations are now studying the disorder, prevention and treatment.
8Current ResearchResearchers are studying the genes to find exactly which parts of chromosome 5, that are deleted, are connected to a symptom.
9Genetic CounselingGenetic Counseling is usually pressed upon two parents who have a history of the disease as they carry a dysfunctional chromosome 5 as well.
11StoryBrooke born at 5 Pounds 4 ¾ Ounces, was diagnosed within a week of birth. She cannot walk as of yet but is very social and can use her Gait Trainer to walk. She’s already overcome many difficulties of this disease and can express herself and form sentences, something many children at her age are barely beginning to develop the skills to.