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Why Us?

22q Clinic

Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive assessment and treatment plan to our patients and their families. We offer education and support that addresses the medical and emotional needs of every child. Our team also works hard to help children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome grow and reach their full potential.

The 22q Clinic is made up of a number of medical specialists who can tailor your child’s treatment to his or her specific needs. The team, led by a board-certified medical geneticist, includes a variety of medical experts who have extensive experience treating 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, such as:

  • Cardiologist
  • Orthodontist
  • ENT specialist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Speech pathologist
  • Craniofacial plastic surgeon
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • “Virtual” specialists in endocrinology, immunology, rheumatology, hematology and GI

Your child will be evaluated by all of our core team members, as well as appropriate virtual team members, during one comprehensive visit. We’ll then provide you with a summary of treatment recommendations and coordinate your referrals to the appropriate specialists.

Your appointment: What to expect

Your appointment at the 22q Clinic is a full day visit to Phoenix Children's. Your child’s first set of evaluations will include a cardiology evaluation with an EKG and echocardiogram, a genetics evaluation, and other assessments. During lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to meet other families attending the 22q Clinic, as well as members of the Phoenix 22q Family Support Group. The team will then collaborate on the best treatment plan for your child and follow up with its best recommendations for you. Most children are evaluated by our team every one or two years, as needed.

Our outlook for children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

There is no cure for 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, but many of its related health problems can be treated. Parents can help their child by seeking early, competent care. With the proper treatment of heart defects, immune system disorders, and other health problems,our team allows children with 22q to live healthier lives and maximize their developmental potential.

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