Turner Syndrome Clinic
The Turner Syndrome Clinic at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides a “medical home” for people with Turner syndrome.
Meet the Team
The Turner Syndrome Clinic provides a “medical home” for people with Turner syndrome. Our doctors work with patients’ primary-care providers to identify specialty needs and to improve care and outcomes.
With joint leadership between Medical Genetics and Pediatric Endocrinology, we have assembled a multidisciplinary team of medical, surgical, neuropsychological and social work specialists.
Co-Directors: Dr. Angela E. Lin, MD, Medical Genetics and Dr. Lynne L. Levitsky, MD, Pediatric Endocrinology
- Medical Genetics, Genetic Counseling
- Endocrinology (pediatric and adult)
- Reproductive Endocrinology
- Cardiology (pediatric and adult)
- Otolaryngology, Audiology
- Gastroenterology (pediatric and adult)
- General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
- Social Services
- Family Advocate (parent of a child with Turner syndrome)
About Turner Syndrome
Turner Syndrome is a genetic condition that affects girls and women only and results from complete or partial absence of the second X chromosome. Turner syndrome may cause a variety of medical problems, including short stature, delayed puberty, reduced fertility and heart defects, among others. Importantly, the severity of these problems varies among individuals with Turner syndrome. With comprehensive, personalized medical care and ongoing education and support, most people with Turner syndrome lead healthy, independent and fulfilling lives.
Helpful Organizations and Websites:
- For additional information about Turner syndrome, we encourage you to visit the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States (TSSUS). The TSSUS offers a summary of common medical problems associated with Turner syndrome, a directory of providers familiar with Turner syndrome, FAQs reviewed by a professional medical advisory board and opportunities to connect with others touched by Turner syndrome.
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: Turner Syndrome
- National Human Genome Research Institute: Turner Syndrome
We recommend the following research articles and opportunities:
- Clinical Practice Guidelines for Turner Syndrome (Bondy et al., 2007). This article was based on the proceedings of an international, multidisciplinary meeting, “Wellness for Girls and Women with Turner Syndrome,” sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health, Bethesda, Maryland, April 6–9, 2006. Dr. Lin was a participant who helped write the cardiac guidelines. This information is written in medical language, but the doctors would be happy to discuss at the time of the clinic visit.
- Approach to the Patient with Turner Syndrome. (Davenport, 2010). This review is written by a single author, a highly experienced pediatric endocrinologist actively involved in Turner syndrome research. It focuses mostly on the younger patient.
- Turner Syndrome Genotype-Phenotyoe Study at the NICHD
We recommend the following book:
- Turner- Know Your Body! An Information Book on Turner Syndrome. Editor, Claus, H. Gravholt. 2009. A PDF version has been graciously provided by Dr. Gravholt and will be provided at your visit.
Turner Syndrome ClinicYawkey Center for Outpatient Care
32 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes
To schedule an initial evaluation (your first appointment with our clinic), please contact the Patient Service Coordinator Sandy Massalski at 617-726-1561.
If you have already been seen in our clinic and would like to schedule a follow-up specialty appointment (for example, endocrinology, cardiology, etc.), or would like to schedule one on the same day, Sandy will assist you in contacting them. Understandably, different specialty clinics may meet on different days.
Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.
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