Turner syndrome is a common genetic syndrome seen in girls. Even though some children may get identified at birth, most children will get identified in childhood. Poor height (short stature) is the most common presenting symptom in children. They are shorter than their peers and will show poor growth. Some children have distinct changes of the face, neck and limbs. Some children with Turner syndrome may have defects of the heart and kidneys. Most girls with Turner syndrome do not achieve breast development or menstrual periods at appropriate age. It is important that we identify children with Turner syndrome as early as possible. These children benefit from growth hormone treatment. Treated early, these children will achieve good height and may be almost non-distinguishable from other girls. They will also require starting estrogen replacement at appropriate time to start puberty.
How can we help you?
- Asses the child with short stature to see if they have features of Turner syndrome
- Conduct periodical checkups to exclude heart, kidney, liver and bone defects
- Supervise the genetic testing
- Starting Growth hormone early
- Monitoring growth hormone therapy
- Starting pubertal hormones at appropriate age