Treatments for Turner Syndrome
There is no cure for Turner syndrome. However, there are treatments available to help control the features and symptoms of this condition. The different treatments may include things like regular screening, medications, surgery, and counseling.
Because Turner syndrome is a problem with the chromosomes, there is no cure. Therefore, treatment focuses on controlling the features and symptoms of this condition.
Treatment options for Turner syndrome may include:
- Regular screening
- Counseling and support.
Why Is Regular Screening Important?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, their impact on a woman with Turner syndrome can be lessened.
Medications Used for Turner SyndromeMedications can be used to treat certain features of the condition, including:
- Short stature
- Problems that result from decreased ovarian function, including:
- Abnormal breast development and menstrual cycle
The average adult height for a woman with Turner syndrome is 143-145 cm (approximately 4 feet 8 inches). Final adult height in Turner syndrome can be increased by a few inches if growth hormone (GH) treatment is given relatively early in childhood. However, not all individuals with Turner syndrome have a good growth response to GH.