Cri Du Chat - A brief Overview
Cri Du Chat is a genetic disease that affects about 1 in every 20,000 babies. It is often diagnosed at birth by a health care provider when the child exhibits signs of Cri Du Chat (See: Symptoms). Cri Du Chat is caused by a deletion of the fifth chromosome (See: Chromosomal). Usually, Cri Du Chat is not passed down from one generation to the next, but occurs during a random event during the formation of reproductive cells or sometime early on in fetal development. Typically, people with Cri Du Chat have no history of the disease in the family. About ten percent of the time, Cri Du Chat is inherited from an unaffected parent. If a parent has a chromosomal rearrangement called balanced translocation, where no genetic material is gained or lost, they can carry the deletion of the chromosome but not exhibit symptoms. This can then be passed on to children unknowingly.
CRI DU CHAT AWARENESS WEEK
Cri Du Chat Awareness Week is coming up May 13 - 19.