The 22Q-VCFS Center

  • For Patients and Families

    22Q at the Zoo 

    Join us at the fourth annual 22Q at the Zoo − Worldwide Awareness Day on Sunday, May 18, 2014.  

    This special event gives families touched by 22Q a chance to socialize, network and raise the public profile of the common but poorly recognized  22q11.2 deletion syndrome.  In 2013, nearly 10,000 participants attended 22Q at the Zoo in 82 cities on six continents. 

    Resources & Information

    The 22Q-VCFS Center at Cincinnati Children’s suggests these resources for families seeking information or support.

    The Tri-State 22Q-VCFS Family Support Network

    A family support network providing education, support and social activities for individuals and families affected by 22Q-VCFS. Email 22Q-VCFS@cchmc.org for information.

    Other Resources

  • Join One of Our Family Events

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  • How Did One Syndrome Get So Many Names? 

    A syndrome is a unique pattern of characteristics or symptoms with a known or suspected cause. Before DNA testing was possible, genetic syndromes were named for the doctor who first described the condition, for the symptoms it includes, or both. It is more common now to name conditions for the underlying genetic cause. Because of the wide range of symptoms associated with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, it was independently described as several different conditions and was given a variety of names including:

    YearSyndrome Name Abbreviation Named for 
    1968DiGeorge syndrome DGS Dr. Angelo DiGeorge 
    1969 Cayler cardiofacial syndrome CCS Dr. G.G. Cayler and signs & symptoms 
    1976 Conotruncal anomaly face syndrome CTAF Signs & symptoms 
    1978 Velocardiofacial syndrome VCFS Signs & symptoms 
    1999 22q11.2 deletion syndrome 22q11.2DS Underlying genetic cause