DiGeorge Syndrome - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Jul 10, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for DiGeorge syndrome?

The neonatologist attending to your baby will identify the syndrome soon after birth. If diagnosis is not possible immediately, then consult a pediatrician at follow-up.

2. When should I consult a pediatrician?

You should visit a pediatrician as soon as you see symptoms such as a severe heart defect, cleft palate or a combination of other factors typical of DiGeorge syndrome.

3. What are the chances that my next child will be born with DiGeorge syndrome?

If neither of the parents have the condition, then the chance is 1 in 100 (1%). However, if either of the parents have the condition, then the chance increases to 1 in 2 (50%).

4. What are the chances of survival of children suffering from DiGeorge syndrome?

The mortality rate of children suffering from DiGeorge syndrome is 4%, and most survive into adulthood.

5. Can DiGeorge syndrome be prevented?

No. However, the symptoms can be controlled by proper treatment.

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