What is 22q11.2 deletion syndrome?

Learn all about this disorder and people who suffer from it

What is it?

22q11.2 deletion syndrome, or also called "DiGeorge" syndrome, is a genetic, sex-linked disorder of which a chromosome in one's body (Chromosome 22) is deformed, or defected.

Less than 1% of the world's population have been clinically diagnosed with the disorder, resulting in there being very little known about DiGeorge syndrome.

What are the symptoms?

The most commonly known symptoms of DiGeorge syndrome are poor immune system and an extra left palate on the nose/mouth. The syndrome can cause brain damage ranging from minor to severe. Most children who have the syndrome experience speech problems, and often go through therapy in their lifetime for depression, behavioral problems, and some psychological misfortunes.

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