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Pediatric Turner Syndrome

Key points about Turner syndrome

  • Turner syndrome (TS) is a genetic disorder that occurs in children born with female external genitalia.
  • Children with TS generally have normal intelligence but are often short. Many of them don’t go through normal puberty as they grow into adulthood and it may impact their ability to have children. They may also have heart, thyroid or kidney problems.
  • There is no cure for TS. But many of the more serious problems can be treated with hormone therapy, surgery and medicines.
  • Chromosome problems such as TS can often be diagnosed before birth. This is done by looking at cells in the amniotic fluid or from the placenta. These tests are very accurate.
  • Experts don’t know how to prevent the chromosome error that causes TS. It often happens by chance during conception. It does not often run in families.

Prevention and Risk Assessment



Children's Team

Children's Team


J Fraser

Jamie Fraser

Director, Myelin Disorders Program
Director, Prenatal Genetics Program
Medical and Biochemical Geneticist


Turner Syndrome Clinic

Our Turner Syndrome Clinic aims to provide comprehensive care to children with Turner syndrome in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Prenatal Pediatrics Institute

The Prenatal Pediatrics Institute at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., provides specialized care for babies during pregnancy, delivery and after birth.

Pediatric Gynecology Program

When your child needs specialized gynecologic care, Children's National Hospital has the experience and expertise to provide the most appropriate care for younger patients.

Endocrinology and Diabetes

Learn more about the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes which is a nationally recognized leader in treating a variety of endocrine disorders.