Other Names: Cri du chat syndrome
5p minus syndrome
Nature: 5p- Syndrome is characterized at birth by a high pitched cry, low birth weight, poor muscle tone, microcephaly, and potential medical complications. "5p-" is a term used by geneticists to describe a portion of chromosome number five that is missing in these individuals. Most individuals who have 5p- Syndrome have difficulty with language. Some become able to use short sentences, while others express themselves with a few basic words, gestures, or sign language.
Incidence: Each year in the United States, approximately 50 to 60 children are born with 5p- Syndrome.
Problem Type: G: Very specific problems
Date of last update 29.06.1999 – 00:00 CEST