The Super Q Express Clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital provides children with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome(22q11DS) and their families', the ongoing support, medical care and information. Our clinic brings together doctors, nurses, social workers and coordinators to care for your child using a team approach.
Under the directorship of Max Feldt, DO, pediatric endocrinologist, the SuperQexpress 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 SuperQ Express Clinic is currently being offered on the 1st Wednesday of each month at Children's Mercy South.
About 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22q11DS) affects as many as 1 in 2,000 to 1 in 4,000 persons worldwide. Other names used for this syndrome are DiGeorge syndrome, velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS), and Sphrintzen syndrome. The 22q11DS 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
Referral to the clinic can be made by a family doctor, pediatrician or specialist by contacting the following: