How Do Doctors Treat Turner Syndrome (TS)?

Treatment for TS usually involves medication to help your daughter grow taller and go through puberty. There is no cure for TS, but treatment can help with growth and development. Other treatments help treat medical conditions that can occur with TS, such as kidney or heart issues.

Height

Girls with TS will grow taller with medication if they and their parents wish. This is done through daily injections of a medication called growth hormone. Your daughter will receive growth hormone during childhood while she is still growing. These injections are given at home with a very small needle. Most children adjust to these small injections over time. These injections are not usually painful. Growth hormone is a hormone or chemical made by the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. Growth hormone helps with childhood growth. Girls with TS usually make enough growth hormone, but they will grow more with extra growth hormone. Almost all girls with TS will grow faster and taller when treated with this medication.

Puberty

If your daughter with TS does not start puberty on their own, she can receive medications that help bring on physical signs of puberty. These medications are female hormones known as estrogen and progesterone.

Other medical conditions

Treatment for other conditions depends on your child’s condition and symptoms. They are treated the same way in girls with TS as they are in people without TS. This can include heart disease, kidney issues, thyroid problems, hearing difficulties, extra weight gain, diabetes, learning problems in school, anxiety and difficulties dealing with stress.

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