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Physical features, such as height and broad shield chest are more common physical features, along with clinical issues of frequent ear infections, learning challenges, and delayed onset of puberty.

Diagnosing TS is relatively simple at all stages of life. The gold standard during pregnancy is an amniocentesis and after birth the karyotype blood test. There are other diagnostic tests but these two tests have proven most reliable. Learn more about DIAGNOSING

Some of the More Common Symptoms of Turner Syndrome

These are some of the possible common indications or symptoms found in girls and women with Turner Syndrome. A syndrome is a cluster of recognizable traits or abnormalities that tend to occur together and are associated with a specific disease or disorder. 

Unlike other syndromes, TS may be difficult to recognize. It takes highly observant caregivers and providers to connect symptoms that can lead to a diagnosis of Turner Syndrome.

Every person will be affected uniquely with only some of the symptoms. 

Symptoms by Life Stage

Possible indications during stages of development:
 
  • Infants: small size, puffy hands and feet, extra neck skin folds, heart abnormalities, feeding difficulties
  • Children: small size in relation to peers, below the “normal” growth chart for both height and weight, ear infections, hearing problems, learning difficulties
  • Teens: small stature, delayed puberty with no breast tissue development or menses, social issues
  • Adults: small stature, menstrual cycle irregularities, infertility, hearing issues, heart problems, hypertension, hypothyroidism, type II diabetes, osteoporosis

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