Turner syndrome

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An overview of the causes, symptoms and complications of Turner syndrome. 

Key points

  • Turner syndrome (TS) only affects people born with female reproductive systems.
  • People with TS can have a similar set of features including short stature, lack of sexual development at puberty, and webbing of the neck.
  • Most people with TS have normal intellect and can expect to lead healthy, productive and happy lives.
  • TS is generally not an inherited condition, but it is due to a missing or structurally abnormal X chromosome.
  • Complications can include heart abnormalities, hearing problems, kidney abnormalities and scoliosis.
  • Some children with TS are treated with hormones to stimulate growth and puberty.
Last updated: February 23rd 2024