DiGeorge syndrome is a condition that’s usually detected at birth. DiGeorge Syndrome is a chromosomal problem and so is often apparent in things such as birth defects, or learning disabilities that become visible in a child’s early years. The syndrome is due to the absence of a small piece of Chromosome 22. The absence can be detected in the middle section of the long arm of the pair of chromosomes 22. The syndrome’s incidence rate is about one in every four thousand people.
Although DiGeorge syndrome does have some common signs, there are also many different signs of this symptom and the signs can be different even in multiple family members who suffer from the same syndrome. Some signs of DiGeorge syndrome are: congenital heart disease, palate defects, neuromuscular problems, learning disabilities, slight difference in facial features, and being susceptible to future infections.
There is currently no cure for DiGeorge syndrome as a whole. Because the condition has so many different features and symptoms, it’s these individual symptoms that can be treated and controlled. However, because the syndrome can also cause things like congenital heart disease in infants, it is important that it’s diagnosed as early as possible in order to protect things such as the immunity system of a newborn.