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TS Awareness – Post #4

So there’s a page I ran across on Facebook that listed Ten Things About Turner Syndrome.  I thought I’d use that list to help share some information about Turner Syndrome that others might find interesting or useful to know.

4.  The average height for someone with Turner Syndrome, who has not taken growth hormones, is 4’8. Most people with TS are less than 5’0. Besides for height, people with Turner Syndrome often have no other outward signs

4’8″ is exactly my height and I’m in about the 95th percentile for girls with TS.  And this is without growth hormones.  I think my pediatrician wanted to refer me to an endocrinologist because my height was falling off the bottom of the growth chart for girls without TS.  The only other sign that might have been an alert was that I was 12 years old and had not started my period (which was fine with me).  Short stature is likely the biggest commonality among girls with TS.

TS Awareness – Post #3

So there’s a page I ran across on Facebook that listed Ten Things About Turner Syndrome.  I thought I’d use that list to help share some information about Turner Syndrome that others might find interesting or useful to know.

3.  People who are missing the X chromosome in some of their cells are said to have “Mosaicism” or “Mosaic Turner Syndrome”.

This is me.  This is why I don’t have the heart and kidney issues many TS girls have.  Think of this as just an extension of the genetic differences between individuals.  Each TS girl is going to differ in some way, especially if she’s Mosaic.

(Sorry for the delay, weekends are busy and I’m off on Mondays right now.)

TS Awareness – Post #2

So there’s a page I ran across on Facebook that listed Ten Things About Turner Syndrome.  I thought I’d use that list to help share some information about Turner Syndrome that others might find interesting or useful to know.

2.  Sex chromosomes are usually expressed as ‘XX’ for female and ”XY’ for male. For most people with Turner Syndrome, their chromosomes are expressed as ‘XO’. Since secondary sex characteristics don’t develop, people with Turner Syndrome are usually female by default.

To rephrase that a bit, development essentially defaults to female due to the “XO” scenario.  TS is a female diagnosis though.  I haven’t done research but I’m sure there’s a male equivalent or something similar.

TS Awareness – Post #1

So there’s a page I ran across on Facebook that listed Ten Things About Turner Syndrome.  I thought I’d use that list to help share some information about Turner Syndrome that others might find interesting or useful to know.

1.  Turner Syndrome (TS) means someone is missing or partially missing their second sex chromosome.

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courtesy of bio3400.nicerweb.com

This picture shows why TS may be referred to as 45XO.  There are two types of TS based on whether or not an individual is missing all or just part of that second sex chromosome.  If she’s missing all, that’s considered Classic TS.  If she’s missing part, that’s considered Mosaic.

DNA is code for how to build or run a human body so it stands to reason that the more of that code that’s missing the more symptoms or manifestations of TS the girl will have.  TS is diagnosed via a DNA test called a karyotype where they kind of map out the chromosomes.

What traits of TS a girl exhibits will depend on what part of the chromosome is missing.  For me, I’m not missing the part with the code for my heart or kidneys that result in those problems.  But I am missing some of the DNA information for height and reproduction.

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