Turner syndrome (TS) is a complex disorder, and a variety of specialized healthcare providers are involved in its management depending on individual needs. Although finding the right provider is a challenge of its own, remember that we are here to guide you every step of the way. In this post, we provide the list of the most sought medical specialists in the context of Turner Syndrome.
Note: This post is solely intended to inform and educate readers. It should not be considered medical advice and is not a substitute for recommendations or treatment from your healthcare provider(s).
Endocrinologist – is a specialist that treats hormonal problems. Developmental issues from hormonal imbalance are common among those with Turner syndrome. So, you might go to them to receive growth hormone, estrogen, or thyroid therapy.
Cardiologist – is a heart specialist. Many people with Turner Syndrome have heart defects and/or high blood pressure.
Nephrologist – is a kidney specialist. About 33% of individuals with Turner syndrome have kidney problems (including diabetes), and they may require evaluation and a follow up.
Gynecologist – is women’s health specialist. You might see them for general consultations including evaluation of pregnancy risks.
Orthopedic – is a specialist who focuses on caring for bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Skeletal deformities such as short stature, delayed skeletal maturation, spinal deformities and early-onset osteoporosis can occur with Turner syndrome.
Otolaryngologist (ENT) – is an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Those with Turner syndrome have higher prevalence of problems with hearing and middle ear infection, as well as visual deficits.
Orthodontist – is a dentist who treats abnormalities in jaws and teeth, which are common among individuals with Turner Syndrome.
Ophthalmologist – is an eye specialist. About 33% of individuals with Turner syndrome have vision issues. So, you may visit them to receive an eye examination or treatment.
Medical Geneticist – is a physician who treats medical problems that have genetic influence. Turner syndrome is a genetic disorder, and you might visit them to receive genetic testing or arrange proper treatment.
Psychologist and Psychiatrist – are professionals who help in coping with mental health related problems through psychological counseling or treatment. These professionals may be helpful as you navigate your journey with Turner Syndrome.
Written by Dhruvi Patel, TSF volunteer blog post writer.