What is Turner’s Syndrome?
Turner’s Syndrome is a genetic condition that affects females only. It occurs when one of the two X chromosomes (one of the two sex chromosomes) normally found in females is incomplete or missing. The Syndrome is named after Dr. Henry Turner who first described it in 1938. The most common characteristics of Turner’s Syndrome include short stature, underdeveloped ovaries, and failure to mature sexually. It can also include webbed neck, skeletal problems, low posterior hairline, heart defects, kidney abnormalities, and other problems. Not all these characteristics need to be present for a diagnosis of Turner’s Syndrome. There can be great variability in the severity of the abnormalities depending on how much genetic material is missing.