How does cri du chat syndrome affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Cri du chat syndrome has many affects on the body. Chromosome deletion results in missing genes that can cause a variety of abnormalities. These may include low birth weight, skin folds over the eyes, a small head, a round face, a small jaw, wide-set eyes, low-set ears, an undersized bridge of the nose, and digits that are webbed or fused together. Other problems can include heart defects, weak muscle tone, skeletal problems, and hearing and vision disabilities. As their bodies develop, children with cri du chat syndrome often have trouble walking and speaking. Mental disabilities can range from delayed development and behavior problems to severe mental retardation.

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