Turner syndrome

About Turner syndrome

Turner syndrome is a disorder of one of the two X chromosomes in girls, and it affects around 1 in every 2000-2,500 girls, or roughly 6,000 girls in Canada. Many girls are diagnosed with Turner syndrome as newborns because of physical abnormalities like a webbed neck or puffy hands and feet. Others are diagnosed later because they are shorter than average or because they have failed to enter puberty.

Girls with Turner syndrome are shorter than normal but the disorder is also associated with a number of other physical and health effects such as low hairline at the back of the neck, rotated ears, chest out of proportion to the rest of the body, puffy hands and feet, short or webbed neck, failure to progress through puberty at a normal age, diabetes and various heart defects. 

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