Symptoms of Turner Syndrome
Turner syndrome can cause a wide variety of symptoms, ranging in severity from minor cosmetic issues to major heart defects. Almost all people with Turner syndrome have short stature and loss of ovarian function. Some other symptoms of Turner syndrome can include problems with breast development, infertility, short fingers and toes, and kidney problems.
Turner syndrome symptoms will 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.
Almost all people with Turner syndrome have short stature and loss of ovarian function.
Other symptoms of Turner syndrome can include:
- 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
- Heart defects
- Kidney problems.
Developmental delays, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems are also possible, although these characteristics vary among affected females.
Women with Turner syndrome symptoms are also at increased risk of developing certain medical conditions. These medical conditions may include:
- Problems with the blood vessels or the heart
- High blood pressure
- Kidney problems
- Hearing problems
- Osteoporosis, or thinning, weak bones
- Type II diabetes
- Thyroid disorder, often hypothyroidism or under-active thyroid.