Cri-du-Chat Syndrome Support Group

Area: Honeydew, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Postal Address: PO Box 640, Honeydew, 2040, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)11 795 1647
Contact Person: Angela Bravi

Cri-du-Chat (5p-) syndrome occurs in about 1 in 50 000 births. The syndrome was given its name due to the distinct high pitched, cat-like cry that affected babies have because of the abnormal development of their larynx. Affected individuals have a deletion in the short arm of chromosome 5 (part of chromosome 5 is missing) so this disorder is also sometimes called 5p- syndrome. Characteristic features of this syndrome include low birth weight and delayed growth, microcephaly (small head), downward and outward slanting eyes spaced widely apart, squints, low set ears, facial asymmetry, cleft lip and palate, heart defects, renal (kidney) abnormalities, hypotonia (floppiness) and mental disability ranging from mild to severe.

A support group for parents with children with the Cri-du-Chat syndrome was established in 1995. Mrs Angela Bravi is the contact person and group coordinator. She has made contact with Cri-du-Chat syndrome support groups in Australia, UK and USA. She encourages people in South Africa and the rest of the world to contact her by mail, phone or fax so she can build up the Cri-du-Chat Syndrome Support Group.

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