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The 22Q-Velocardiofacial Syndrome Center

The 22Q-Velocardiofacial Syndrome Center

Whether you call it 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22Q), velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS) or DiGeorge syndrome, you have come to the right place.

Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals at Cincinnati Children's has in-depth knowledge and experience managing the condition, but we never forget that each child is unique.

The 22Q-Velocardiofacial Syndrome Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s offers state-of-the-art medical treatment and interventions for patients and their families.

Our comprehensive protocols address multiple issues including healthcare and management, school readiness and mental health concerns. But protocols are just the beginning − we know that caring for children with 22Q-VCFS is never “one size fits all.” 

The 22Q-VCFS clinics are held at multiple Cincinnati Children’s campuses. Our doctors and dedicated case manager work closely with families and their primary healthcare providers to determine what specialists their child does (and does not) need to see.

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:

 Year Syndrome Name  Abbreviation  Named for 
1968 DiGeorge 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 

Patient Resources

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About 22Q-VCFS

Find out more about 22Q-velocardiofacial syndrome and how it is managed by the 22Q-VCFS team at Cincinnati Children’s. Read More

Human Genetics

The 22Q-Velocardiofacial Syndrome Center is part of the Division of Human Genetics at Cincinnati Children’s. Read More