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Turner Syndrome in Children

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    "I approach treatment as a long-term conversation between me, the patient and her parents about the best courses of action. Establishing some level of normalcy for families in situations that's aren't normal is something we do exceptionally well here at Children's."

    Diane Stafford, MD, Children's pediatric endocrinologist

    Turner syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes girls to be short and prevents them from maturing sexually as they grow into adulthood. The severity of these issues varies from girl to girl; in many cases, Turner’s syndrome can be managed or corrected with treatment options ranging from growth hormone therapy, estrogen therapy and progesterone therapy to certain medications.

    While Turner syndrome is a complicated condition that requires constant medical oversight, most girls with the disease go on to lead normal, happy lives.

    Overall, Turner syndrome occurs in about one out of 2,500 female births.
    The occurrence of Turner syndrome is not associated with the mother’s age at the time of pregnancy or birth.
    Turner syndrome is caused by a missing or incomplete X chromosome in your child’s genetic makeup.
    About one-third of girls with Turner syndrome are diagnosed as newborns, another third during childhood and the remaining third during their late teens.
    Most girls with Turner syndrome are born with poorly formed or missing ovaries, which can result in infertility.
    There is no cure for Turner syndrome, but many of the more serious problems associated with it can be treated.

    How Children’s Hospital Boston approaches Turner syndrome ?
    Children’s Division of Endocrinology is one of the world's leading centers for the treatment of children and adolescents with endocrine disorders, including early puberty. Caring for more than 7,000 patients each year, our division is also one of the largest pediatric endocrinology practices in the United States.

    Here at Children’s, all of our caregivers are both experienced and sensitive to the physical and emotional challenges girls face when they have Turner syndrome. We consider you, your child and your family essential members of the treatment team, and we are always here to help at every step of the way.

    As a multidisciplinary pediatric care center, we offers direct access to the wide range of specialists your child may need to see for her condition—including cardiologists, renal experts, genetic counselors and clinical social workers.

    Top Ranking
    Children's Division of Endocrinology was ranked second in the nation in U.S.News & World Report’s 2012-13 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”
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