Sunday, December 1, 2013

Turner Syndrome Clinic Offers a Lifetime of Coordinated Multispecialty Care

This care brings together the specialists and subspecialists needed for each patient’s care and continues across the life span, as pediatric specialists work with adult colleagues at Mass General to ensure a comfortable transition through adolescence and into adulthood. The clinic—one of only a handful in the country to provide care across the lifespan—stresses that girls and women with Turner syndrome are healthy individuals with ongoing medical needs and provides patients with a supportive “medical home” for issues relating to Turner syndrome. The clinic’s doctors work with patients’ primary care providers to identify specialty needs and to coordinate care to improve outcomes. Individuals who do not have Turner syndrome but have been diagnosed with a disorder of sexual differentiation are seen in a separate clinic. For more information, please see

Things to know about Turner Syndrome

What Is Turner Syndrome?

Turner syndrome is a chromosomal condition caused by the loss of an entire sex chromosome (X or Y) or a portion of the X or Y chromosome in all or some cells in the body.

Who Has Turner Syndrome?

Only girls and women have Turner syndrome, and it occurs in approximately one in every 2,500 female births.

Health Concerns Associated with Turner Syndrome

  • >90% absence of normal ovarian function
  • >75% frequent ear infections in childhood
  • >30% congenital heart issues (bicuspid aortic valve; coarctation of the aorta)
  • 30% thyroid issues (hypothyroidism)
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Celiac disease
  • Hearing loss
  • Growth issues that may require growth hormone treatment

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