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Turner Syndrome Clinic

Welcome to the Turner Syndrome Clinic at Mass General Hospital. Our clinic provides a medical home for people with Turner syndrome.

  • 617-726-1561

Meet the Team

Clinical Co-Directors:

Genetic Counselor

The Turner Syndrome Clinic provides compassionate care with a multidisciplinary approach. We are a subspecialty program, which means that we do not offer routine primary care but instead we offer our patients a comprehensive evaluation, specific to the needs of people with Turner syndrome. Our doctors work with patients’ primary care providers to identify specialty needs and to coordinate care and improve outcomes. Our clinic was inspired by a wish to help those with Turner syndrome obtain resources important to their well being at a single institution.

We call our clinic a wellness center to emphasize that people with Turner syndrome are generally healthy but with ongoing medical needs. We welcome, in particular, the older patient who has not found a “Turner syndrome medical home” and offer a wide range of providers.

Multidisciplinary Team

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, Dr. Lynne L. Levitsky, MD, Pediatric Endocrinology, Dr. Frances J. Hayes, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology

Our Services

  • Medical Genetics, Genetic Counseling
  • Endocrinology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Cardiology, Angiology (lymphedema)
  • Otolaryngology, Audiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychiatry
  • General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
  • Social Services
  • Family Advocate (parents of children with Turner syndrome)
  • Orthopaedics
  • Podiatry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Butterfly image above courtesy of Mary Ellen McDonough, RN

Specialists at the MassGeneral Turner Syndrome Clinic evaluate and treat patients with the following types of Turner syndrome:

  • 45,X
  • Ring X
  • Mosaic forms (females only)
  • Deletion Xp, deletion Xq
  • Other chromosome variants

Related Conditions

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Celiac disease
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis

Turner syndrome is a genetic condition that affects only girls and women. It is caused by a missing or partial X chromosome. This condition may lead to different medical problems, including reduced height, late puberty, infertility and heart problems. Not every person has the same problems. Most people with Turner syndrome lead healthy lives with regular medical care and education. Read this handout to learn more about Turner syndrome and how to care for your child.

Organizations and websites

Research Articles and opportunities

  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for Turner Syndrome (Bondy et al., 2007) – This article was based on a National Institute of Child Health meeting. Dr. Angela Lin, a doctor at MGHfC, helped write these guidelines. The article is written in medical language, but your doctor would be happy to talk about it at your child’s clinic visit.
  • Approach to the Patient with Turner Syndrome (Davenport, 2010) – This article is written by an expert endocrinologist who researches Turner syndrome. It is focused on younger patients.
  • Turner Syndrome Genotype-Phenotype Study at the NICHD
  • Genetic Causes of Bicuspid Aortic Valve in Turner Syndrome – This ongoing research project is designed to find out whether bicuspid aortic valve in some people with Turner syndrome can be linked to specific genes. The MGH Turner Syndrome clinic is one of several participating sites in a study which is being conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals, comprising cardiologists and geneticists including Drs. Simon Body, Robert Levine, Eric Isselbacher, Christine Seidman and others. Dr. Angela Lin, Co-Director of the MGH Turner Syndrome Clinic, is a Co-Investigator on the study.

Recommended BOOKS

  • Turner – Know Your Body! An Information Book on Turner Syndrome (Editor, Claus, H. Gravholt, 2009) – A PDF version will be shared at your visit.
  • Turner Syndrome: A Guide for Families (Rieser and Davenport, 2008) – A PDF version will be shared at your visit.
  • Standing Tall with Turner Syndrome (Claudette Beit-Aharon, 2013, available through lulu.com) – This collection of essays written by women with Turner syndrome was edited by the mother of a young woman who is one of the authors. Their insights are powerful, delightful and uniquely compiled.

Download this information in printable format (PDF)

Turner Syndrome Clinic

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Suite 6B
32 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-1561
Fax: 617-726-1566

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.

Please see Visitor Information for driving directions, a map of the hospital, hotels (PDF), dining options and more.

 

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Gifts from individuals help to support the hospital’s three-part mission of innovative research and education in addition to patient care that is second to none.

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