Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome Support Group of South Africa

Area: Johannesburg, Gauteng
Postal Address: PO Box 3273, Glenvista, 2058, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)11 432 1482
Fax: +27 (0)11 432 1482
Cell: +27 (0)83 470 1998
After Hours Number: +27 (0)83 470 1998
Contact Person: Derek or Val Landau

Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS), also known as Shprintzen Syndrome, and sometimes presenting as the Di George Sequence, is caused by the deletion of a small segment of the long arm of chromosome 22 (specified as 22q11.2 deletion).

VCFS is characterised by heart abnormalities, palatal problems causing speech difficulties, hearing problems and learning difficulties. Children with VCFS have similar facial characteristics although these are not always noticeable. In addition, there can be immune system deficiencies and psychological problems. In fact, there are over 180 anomalies which can be caused by the deletion. However, none occur with a 100% frequency and some persons may be affected very mildly whilst at the other end of the spectrum others may be severely affected.

More often than not, the problems relating to VCFS are dealt with in isolation. Yet for the successful intervention and handling of VCFS a team approach is essential. Thus there is a need for VCFS to be acknowledged and recognized amongst the medical fraternity, speech therapists, educators and parents. We will therefore be producing a handbook and leaflets in due course.

Should you know of any families affected by the syndrome please feel free to direct them to us. We will be happy to provide further information on request.

If there are any errors in the above information, please notify us via an email to

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