Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS) | Diagnosis & Treatment

How is VCFS diagnosed?

If your child’s doctor suspects velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS) based on symptoms, he or she may suggest a genetic test to diagnose the condition.

The doctor may also recommend one or more of following tests to rule out other conditions or to or check for specific problems associated with VCFS:

  • echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound)
  • kidney ultrasound
  • x-rays
  • blood tests

What are the treatment options for VCFS?

There is no cure for VCFS. Treatment focuses on addressing the health problems related to the syndrome. For this reason, the first step in treatment is a careful screening to check for underlying medical problems.

Common problems with VCFS that may need treatment include:

  • Heart defects: Children born with heart defects may need surgery to correct the condition.
  • Cleft lip or cleft palate: Some children may need surgery to repair the opening in their lip or palate.
  • Feeding difficulties: Children who have severe feeding difficulties may need tube feedings to get proper nutrition.
  • Low calcium: Children may need to take calcium supplements as well as vitamin D to help absorb the calcium.
  • Developmental difficulties: Early intervention services may be recommended to help children reach developmental milestones. Children with VCFS may also benefit from physical and occupational therapy and speech therapy.