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Symptoms of Turner Syndrome
Symptoms vary among individual women. Symptoms can range from minor cosmetic issues to major heart defects. Some women may have many symptoms, while others may only have a few.
Symptoms of Turner syndrome can include:
- Short stature
- Extra skin on the neck (webbed neck)
- Puffiness or swelling (lymphedema) of the hands and feet
- A low hairline at the back of the neck
- Low-set ears
- Hands and feet swollen or puffy at birth
- Soft nails that turn upward at the ends when at an older age
- Colored spots on the skin
- Problems with breast development
- Short fingers and toes
- Irregular rotation of wrist and elbow joints.
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People with Turner syndrome are at increased risk for developing:
- Problems with the blood vessels or the heart
- High blood pressure
- Type II diabetes
- Kidney problems
- Hearing problems
- Osteoporosis, or thinning, weak bones
- Thyroid problems.
Because of these increased risks, the doctor will recommend regular screening appointments to check for these conditions. By diagnosing and treating these conditions early, the impact Turner Syndrome has on a woman can be lessened.