22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (DiGeorge Syndrome/VCFS) is a chromosomal abnormality that can cause a wide range of health and developmental issues, including heart defects, breathing issues, problems with the gastrointestinal tract, immune and endocrine systems, differences in the palate, slow growth, and autism and/or developmental delays or learning disabilities in some individuals. Children with this condition may have many or only a few of the symptoms, with varying severity. Physicians with expertise in this condition can quickly recognize the diagnosis in some patients and take steps to improve their quality of life, but in other children and adults it is not as straightforward.*
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We have met many children and adults living with 22q. We are grateful to the families who have come forward to share their story with us. We are inspired by the courage and optimism they show in facing their everyday challenges. You can read about these wonderful families or share your own story here.
*Information on this page and subsequent pages was reprinted with permission from Donna M. McDonald-McGinn, MS, CGC, The “22q and You” Center, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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