CAT CRY SYNDROME
This disease is inherited by family history of the couple having the baby. Cat Cry Syndrome is recessive. People who have this disease are missing chromosome 5.
-Cry that is high-pitched and sounds like a cat
-Downward slant to the eyes
-Low birth weight and slow growth
-Low-set or abnormally shaped ears
-Partial webbing or fusing of fingers or toes
-Single line in the palm of the hand (simian crease)
-Skin tags just in front of the ear
-Slow or incomplete development of motor skills
-Small head (microcephaly)
-Small jaw (micrognathia)
Exams and Tests
-In addition to symptoms, the physical examination may show:
-Diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles)
-Low muscle tone
-Epicanthal folds, an extra fold of skin over the inner corner of the eye
-Incompletely or abnormally folded external ears
-Genetic tests can show a missing part of chromosome 5. Skull x-ray may reveal an abnormal angle to the base of the skull.
This disease is found in people of all ethnic backgrounds. The sex of the person with this disease does not matter, anyone can get it.
The average life span of a person with Cat Cry Syndrome is 12-14 years.
What we've learned personally from reaserching this disorder is that this syndrome might not have a cure but maybe these kids still have a chance in life. Their life span might not be long but there isn't really anything they can do about it but hope. Their parents might need counseling to help them overcome the situation or not stress out about it.
This is a picture of chromosome number 5.
This is a picture of a boy with Cat Cry Syndrome
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