What are the Symptoms of Turner Syndrome (TS)?
Many girls with TS have no health problems, but they can be shorter than average. There are some other health issues that may come with TS. These can be evaluated and treated by your child’s care team. Some health issues can include:
- Underdeveloped ovaries (reproductive organs). This can lead to delayed or absent puberty. Girls with TS might need medications to help start the puberty process.
- Puffy neck or swollen hands and feet at birth.
- Problems with the heart, hearing, how the thyroid works and certain gastrointestinal (stomach and intestine) conditions.
- Kidneys that have developed differently. Smetimes there is only one kidney or the 2 kidneys are joined together. This is called horseshoe kidney because of how the joined kidneys are shaped.
- Learning differences, especially with math or learning directions. These differences do not typically affect overall intelligence.
- In adults, trouble with fertility. Girls with TS who do not go through puberty on their own may have trouble getting pregnant as adults. This is because their bodies do not produce eggs to be fertilized. These girls are otherwise entirely normal and can have normal, happy lives and sex lives when they are of an appropriate age. Choices for having children are changing with the years. Although many young women with TS choose to adopt children, other ways to have children may be available. When your child is of an appropriate age, have her (or them) ask the care team about what choices are available.