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    Has anyone heard of this syndrome? Is this something to worry about in short/long term?

    #704450

    artchill
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    Refuah Sheleimah

    It’s a genetic chromosme deficiency. Check out the Mayo Clinic explanation: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/digeorge-syndrome/DS00998

    Treatments and therapy for a person with DiGeorge syndrome may include interventions for the following conditions:

    Hypoparathyroidism. Hypoparathyroidism can usually be managed with calcium supplements, vitamin D supplements and a low-phosphorus diet. If enough of the parathyroid tissue is intact, it’s possible your child’s parathyroid glands will eventually regulate calcium and phosphorus levels without a specialized diet.

    Severe thymus dysfunction. If the impairment of the thymus is severe or there’s no thymus, your child is vulnerable to a number of severe infections. Treatment requires a transplant of thymus tissue, specialized cells from bone marrow, or specialized disease-fighting blood cells.

    Cleft palate. A cleft palate or other abnormalities of the palate can usually be surgically repaired.

    Heart defects. Most heart defects associated with DiGeorge syndrome require surgery to repair the heart and correct blood circulation.

    Overall development. Your child will likely benefit from a range of therapies, including speech therapy to improve verbal skills and articulation; occupational therapy to learn everyday skills; and developmental therapy to learn age-appropriate behaviors, social skills and interpersonal skills. In the United States, early intervention programs providing these types of therapy are usually available through a state’s health department.

    Mental health care. Psychotherapy and psychiatric medications may be recommended if your child is later diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, schizophrenia, or other mental health or behavioral disorders.

    #704451

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    Thank you. She’s 13 years old and besides for needing to take some calcium supplements daily, she’s healthy B”H. She also has a lot of learning difficulties/disability but she is in a regular mainstream school (part of the day she is in a program called Arrowsmith where different excersizes are done that strengthens the brain muscles-we’ve seen tremendous all-around improvement) and gets a lot of tutoring help. She was diagnosed as an infant, and it has never come up in any conversation since then. Is there anyone out there that knows anyone with this syndrome? Will there be future shidduch issues?

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    artchill
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