Digeorge Syndrome Life Expectancy For A Child Who Has This Problem. For A Human, Will He Be Able To Live A Normal Life?


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After a confirmed prognosis of DiGeorge syndrome, it can really depend on the level of seriousness of the heart condition and the effectiveness of their immune system. The statistics are not that hopeful, with a four week mortality rate of 55 per cent and anything as high as 86 per cent for babies under 6 months.

If this happens in the case of your son or daughter it is of course a worrying and troubling time. It really depends on your child's situation and how serious he is suffering with this illness.

It is of course important that if you feel your child has these sorts of symptoms early on in their life that they should immediately organised a consultation with a doctor or physician to discover the full scale of the problem.

In most cases children will have the grim reality of having to be on medication or some form of tablets for their entire life. There are a series of tests that doctors can do in order to find out just how serious children have the disease. Your child will likely struggle to have a normal existence unfortunately and will probably require medication for a number of years.

DiGeorge syndrome has a number of other alternative names including velocardiofacial syndrome, Congenital Thymic Aplasia, Strong Syndrome and conotruncal anomaly face syndrome. It occurs usually through being inherited or passed down from one generation to the next.

This disorder is described as part of the DNA makeup in which a sufferer is missing the chromosome 22 which has been erased.

This condition is hereditary and has a number of symptoms including congenital heart defects, mental problems, psychiatric problems, abnormalities in people's faces as well as hypocalcemia, and susceptibility to more infections.
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Anonymous answered
DiGeorge syndrome is also called velocardiofacial syndrome, Congenital Thymic Aplasia, Strong Syndrome, conotruncal anomaly face syndrome and 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. This is an inherited disorder in which a small piece of chromosome 22 is deleted. This condition is congenital and can cause congenital heart defects, cognitive problems, behavioral problems, psychiatric problems, abnormal facies, hypoparathyroidism with hypocalcemia, and increased susceptibility to infections.
Your child's normal life depends upon types of problems which he is having. But he has to take medicines for entire life. Prognosis of DiGeorge syndrome depends on degree of involvement of cardiac and immune systems. One month mortality rate of 55% and 86 % for 6 months due to congenital heart disease have been reported.

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Anonymous commented
My son is 15 yrs old and has had 7 open heart surgeries,3 back surgeries, and has had a Tymus Transplant. He was diganosed with Full DiGeorge Syndrome. He has lived a full life but diffcult life.
Anonymous commented
I am a 26 year old woman who has DiGeorge Syndrome. Life has been very difficult and I have been clinically pronounced dead. I am lucky to be alive. I have the hypocalcemia, hypoparathyroidism, some of the facial features (no cleft palate). I have had to over come may things and have lost my child due to DiGeorge Syndrome. She had the Full including Tetrology of Falot. I am thankful that there are more people out there these days that Know of this Syndrome!
Thank you!
Belinda Shubert
Belinda Shubert commented
My son has this and i am always very scared of "what next" it seems like every time we take a steep forward we always take a step back he has the clft pallat and the hypocalcemia and thymic disorder and alot of the face features his speech causes him difficulty with communication and he has very bad behaviors being loud screams and outburst with lots of crying and whinning he is a very slow learner and recently he started to complain of chest pain and also that he is cold all the time
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Anonymous answered
My baby cousin has DiGeorge and she will be four in two days. Her only major symptoms are vision and hearing impairment, but she had a hole in her heart and stunted growth when she was younger. She is walking now, but not talking, but we are optimistic that will come in time.
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Belinda Shubert answered
My child was born with digeorge syndrome he had ventrical septal defect aortic septal defect pulmonary stenosis and bicuspid aortic valve also he has hypoparathyroidisim hypocalcimia thymic disorder and seizures. When he was 7 months old he under went heart surgery to repair the ventrical septal defect and the aortic septal defect but he still has a bicuspid aortic valve and pulmonary stenosis . Recently he has been complaining of chest pain even when he hasn't been active but when he is active it is worse also he complains that his feet are cold and that they don't feel right when it is hot he dresses himself like it is fall or winter we fight over that a lot also he had a submucous clept pallat . Are these new conditions normal ? Or are these signs that he may need another surgery soon

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