What is a genetic disorder?
Well each of us are made of a unique combination of DNA molecules which in turn determines lots of things about us like hair colour, eye colour etc. This is such an intricate process and sometimes it can go wrong.
Turner’s Syndrome is just one of the conditions that can be caused by a disorder in our genetic makeup. The human karyotype (the make up of chromosomes which contain DNA) has 23 pairs. One of these pairs are called the sex chromosomes. In a girl with Turner’s syndrome one of those sex chromosomes are missing. Turner’s Syndrome sufferers are always girls.
There are two different types of Turner’s Syndrome – Classic and Mosaic.
Common symptoms associated with Turner’s Syndrome are:
- Short in height
- Under developed ovaries
- Thick neck tissue (or webbing of the neck)
- Heart conditions
- Kidney abnormalities
- Ear problems
There is no cure for Turner’s Syndrome but the symptoms can be treated. It is recommended that Turner’s girls visit their specialists regularly. A close check on their heart and reproductive health will be kept throughout their life.
Our very own Tracey Connelly is a Turner’s girl. Like her Turner’s girls are generally vibrant, creative individuals.
We have information packs with more in depth details on Turner’s Syndrome. These are on an on demand basis to keep down the printing costs but if you are a Turner’s girl, a family member or if you would like learn more about a condition that occurs in 1 in every 2000 girls worldwide then please contact us and we will be happy to send out any information you may need.
INFORMATION PACKS AVAILABLE
What is Turner’s Syndrome?
If you are newly diagnosed or would like to learn the basics this may be for you.
Turner’s Syndrome and the teen years
Is your TS girl reaching her teens? Are you a teen TS girl and would like to learn more about how puberty will affect you?
Turner’s Syndrome and Health
We run over all of the information you need to know to be a healthy, happy TS girl!
Our phone line is also open for those who would like to discuss it further.