Syndromes Associated With Communication Disorders Cri-du-chat syndrome is a congenital disorder caused by the deletion of genetic material from the short arm of the fifth chromosome. Infants presenting with this disorder have a high-pitched cry sounding much like a cat, which is the symptom for which this disorder was named. Other characteristics of this ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2003
Syndromes Associated With Communication Disorders
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  • Jessica Fair
    Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, West Virginia University, Morgantown
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Article   |   July 01, 2003
Syndromes Associated With Communication Disorders
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, July 2003, Vol. 13, 9-10. doi:10.1044/ssod13.1.9-a
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, July 2003, Vol. 13, 9-10. doi:10.1044/ssod13.1.9-a
Cri-du-chat syndrome is a congenital disorder caused by the deletion of genetic material from the short arm of the fifth chromosome. Infants presenting with this disorder have a high-pitched cry sounding much like a cat, which is the symptom for which this disorder was named. Other characteristics of this syndrome are ocular hyper-telorism, micrognathia, microcephaly, and cognitive impairment. Babies born with cri-du-chat are at risk for low birth weight and failure-to-thrive during infancy. The unusual sounding cry generally improves as the child matures.
For additional information contact the 5p Society (http://www.fivepminus.org.) or the Cri du Chat Syndrome Support Group (http://www.personal.u-net.com/~cridchat)
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