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Diagnosing Turner Syndrome

A doctor can suspect that a person has this condition based on the presence of Turner syndrome features or symptoms. A diagnosis is confirmed with special blood tests.
When a diagnosis is made, it will vary based on the severity of the patient's condition. A diagnosis can be made during prenatal testing. Girls with several Turner syndrome features may be diagnosed during infancy or early childhood. For women with milder Turner syndrome, a diagnosis may occur later in life.
Any girl who is very short for her age or who is growing at less than two inches per year should be checked for Turner syndrome.
(Click Diagnosis of Turner Syndrome for a closer look at how the condition is diagnosed.)

How Is It Treated?

Because Turner syndrome is a problem with the chromosomes, there is no cure. Therefore, treatments focus on controlling the features and symptoms of the disorder.
Treatment may include:
  • Regular screening
  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Counseling and support.


(Click Treatments for Turner Syndrome for more information.) 



The prognosis for Turner syndrome can be good with careful and consistent monitoring of the person's health and early treatment of problems that can occur. Many women with this syndrome lead full and active lives and can expect a normal lifespan.
Many factors can affect a person's prognosis, including:


(Click Prognosis for Turner Syndrome for more information.)


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