What We Treat

What is 22q11DS?

Our clinic specializes in diagnosing and treating 22q11 deletion syndrome, a genetic condition that happens in one out of every 4,000 live births. Commonly called 22q, this condition occurs when part of chromosome 22 is deleted before birth. Complications from this deletion can vary widely. Symptoms can include:

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

Services We Offer

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

  • A complete physical exam and developmental evaluation
  • Review of your child's laboratory studies and other tests or evaluations
  • Discussion of the recommended healthcare guidelines
  • Answering any questions you have about 22q and how it may affect your child
  • Referrals to other doctors or specialists if needed

After evaluation, the center’s team will provide treatment and follow-up care, led by a genetic doctor experienced in the needs of children with 22q.

Our Unique Approach

The center’s strong reputation draws patients and healthcare providers from all over the Southeast and beyond. Our experts come from Children's and Emory University School of Medicine. Working together, the team:

  • Educates patients, their families and other healthcare providers about 22q deletions
  • Conducts research to find out more about the condition and its treatment
  • Offers the best possible clinical care for your child

The team includes doctors and professionals from many specialties, including:

  • Behavioral research and evaluation
  • Cardiology 
  • Clinical genetics
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Dentistry and orthodontics
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology and nutrition
  • Immunology
  • Pediatric sleep research
  • Psychiatry
  • Speech/language pathology