(From the April 2014 Issue of MedStat)
22q11.2 deletion syndrome, also known as DiGeorge Syndrome (DGS), is a relatively common genetic disorder that affects one of every 4,000 children. The syndrome has the potential to impact every system in the body and can therefore lead to a wide-range of health issues including:
The Nationwide Children’s 22q Center is run by co-directors Richard Kirschner, MD, and Adriane Baylis, PhD, CCC-SLP, and involves a multidisciplinary team including staff from: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cardiology, Immunology, Endocrinology, Genetics, Speech-Language Pathology, Developmental Pediatrics, Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, Gastroenterology, ENT, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Hematology/Oncology, Ophthalmology, Pediatric Dentistry/Orthodontics and Social Work.
To make a referral: All children and adults with 22q deletion syndrome may be referred. Children with atypical deletions and/or duplications may also benefit from evaluation with the 22q Center, depending on their specific needs. To make a referral, call the Plastic Surgery Department at (614) 722-6299.