If you are a parent or guardian of an infant with Turner syndrome, you may be the first person to notice puffiness of the hands and feet.
Your doctors will do a careful examination. Imaging tests are usually not required. There are special tests to image the lymphatic system, such as:
Certain heart defects are more common in Turner syndrome. This can include bicuspid aortic valve (when a valve, or opening, in the heart has two flaps instead of three) or coarctation of the aorta (narrowing of the aorta, the body’s largest blood vessel that runs from the heart down the center of the body).
Lymphedema can be controlled, but it cannot be cured completely. There are many ways to treat lymphedema of the legs, such as:
Other ways to help control lymphedema include:
Diuretic pills (water pills) are not helpful for lymphedema unless there is an additional serious problem.
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