What is 22q11 deletion syndrome?

22q11 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) is a genetic condition that happens in one out of every 4,000 live births. Commonly referred to as 22q, this condition occurs when part of chromosome 22 is deleted during fetal development. Complications from this deletion can vary widely among individuals, and children with 22q often exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Not enough calcium in the blood
  • Immune system problems
  • Psychological disturbances
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Problems with speech
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Learning disabilities
  • Cleft palate

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Evaluation, treatment and follow-up care

If your child’s doctor suspects 22q, the 22q Center offers a two-part evaluation process that allows our experts to properly diagnose your child and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to his needs. This process includes:

  • Giving your child a complete physical exam and developmental evaluation.
  • Reviewing your child's laboratory studies and other evaluations.
  • Discussing the recommended healthcare guidelines.
  • Answering any questions you have about 22q and how it may affect your child.
  • Providing referrals to other doctors or specialists who need to evaluate or treat your child.

After evaluation, the center’s team will provide treatment and follow-up care for your child. This includes supervision by a genetic doctor with extensive experience in the needs of individuals with 22q.