It’s almost as common as Down syndrome, yet 22q is not as readily recognized. The syndrome–previously known as velo-cardio-facial syndrome–is caused by a missing section, or deletion, of chromosome 22. It can affect every system in the body, leading to a range of health problems that may include:
* heart defects,
* cleft palate,
* feeding and gastrointestinal difficulties,
* immune system deficits,
* growth delays,
* kidney problems,
* hearing loss,
* low calcium and other endocrine issues,
* cognitive, developmental or speech delays, and
* behavioral, emotional or psychiatric differences.
The 22q Center is a collaboration between Upstate Medical and Syracuse universities which connects families with a variety of medical specialists. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-315-464-6590 for details.
Dozens of families affected by 22q participated in the worldwide “22q at the Zoo” day this spring at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park in Syracuse.