The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is a condition caused by a missing section of chromosome 22. It is also called DiGeorge Syndrome or Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome. This condition is almost as common as Down syndrome. Missing a section of chromosome 22 has the potential to affect many parts of the body and can cause a wide range of health problems, so individuals with 22Q deletion may experience different symptoms. The key characteristics of this syndrome can include problems with the heart and/or kidneys, slower physical growth than others, problems with feeding and digestion, a cleft palate, a weakened immune system, hearing loss, difficulty learning new skills, challenging behaviors, and developmental delays, such as not walking or talking on time.
There is no cure for the 22q11.2 deletion, but many therapies and medical interventions are available to help address symptoms. Treatment may be received from a variety of providers, including audiologists, cardiologists, psychologists, and neurologists.
More information is available through The International 22Q11.2 Foundation Inc.