The Akron Children’s Hospital Turner Syndrome Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating girls with this chromosomal condition. Read More...
As the only the center of its kind in northeast Ohio, our team of pediatric experts helps manage every facet of a patient’s care, providing coordinated access to specialists in:
Treatment is provided according guidelines set forth by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Typical appointments will include a physical assessment with vital signs, lab and imaging results, as well as a visit with a case manager to discuss care coordination.
The Turner Syndrome Center also sponsors a free conference for patients and their families, providing information on current health care issues and the opportunity to share experiences with other girls, their families and caregivers. The conference is held every 18 months.
Turner Syndrome affects one in 2,500 girls. The diagnosis is made based on the presence of specific physical features, especially short stature. Girls with Turner Syndrome can be born at normal size, but may start to slip down the growth charts as they reach pre-school age and beyond.
Other physical symptoms may be present, including puffy hands and feet, a webbed neck or certain congenital heart defects, among others. Puberty may also be delayed for girls with Turner Syndrome, including physical changes such as breast development and the beginning of the menstrual cycle.
With early detection, most symptoms are well managed. Patients can expect to lead typical lives and may excel in certain areas, including the arts. Girls with Turner Syndrome may experience issues with fertility later in life, although advances continue to be made in this area.
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