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“In medicine we cannot always cure, but we can always care.” Frances Salerno, MD
 

Communicating often-complex medical concepts to patients is the cornerstone of effective care for patients and their caregivers. Each diagnosis has an individual story and outcome… The Turner Syndrome Foundation has developed this resource page to assist allied health professionals.

It is estimated that one in 50-100 girls with short stature have Turner Syndrome.  Thus, experts in the field recommend short girls less than the 5th percentile in growth are tested for this condition.  Unfortunately, the majority of girls are not diagnosed until after 10 years of age. Furthermore, Turner Syndrome is not typically identified until after 7 years after short stature has been clinically evident.  As such, final height will be compromised by late interventions with adjunctive growth hormone therapy.  Increasing evidence suggests that height outcomes can be markedly enhanced with early recognition of Turner Syndrome. Additionally, Estrogen and progestin therapy is also delayed, resulting in delayed onset of pubertal development.

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Guidelines in caring for patients with Turner Syndrome