22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
Children with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome and their families have access to a team of expert clinicians, ongoing support, medical care and information at The Super Q Express 22Q Clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital. Under the directorship of Max Feldt, DO, pediatric endocrinologist, the Super Q Express Team provides comprehensive individualized diagnostic and management services in Cardiology, Immunology, ENT/cleft palate, GI and endocrinology. A social worker and medical coordinator are also present during the visits to provide additional support.
Additional medical services can be scheduled and coordinated at each visit. The Super Q Express Clinic is currently being offered on the first Wednesday of each month at Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas.
About 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome affects as many as 1 in 2,000 to 1 in 4,000 persons worldwide. Also known as DiGeorge syndrome, velocardiofacial syndrome, and Sphrintzen syndrome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome is caused when a small amount of genetic material, termed a microdeletion, is missing on chromosome 22. As a result of the deletion, many body organs may be affected. Not all patients are affected in the same way. The diagnosis should be considered in any person with one or more of the following features:
- Certain hearts defects present at birth
- Low calcium levels
- Immune system problems (i.e. a child with multiple infections)
- Cleft palate
- Speech and/or swallowing difficulties
- Behavior and learning disabilities
Requests for Consultation
Requests for consultation at the clinic can be made by a family doctor, pediatrician or specialist by contacting the following: