Turners Syndrome

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Turners Syndrome




Kalene Szymczak
January 22, 2000
Adv. Biology
Turner Syndrome

Turner's Syndrome- (Webster's definition) A chromosomal disorder resulting in a syndrome
characterized by specific dysmorphic features (short stature) and organ malformations
(gonadal dysgenesis)


Turner's Syndrome- (Anastasia and Rosebud's def.) "It's something that makes me different
from other people. It's something that I'm proud of, and ya know what? I have a pretty
normal life."


When I was assigned this report, I decided to do a little more than the average person
does. When I was doing all of the research, I wondered what it would be like to have TS.
Well, through the wondrous powers of the Internet, I was able to take a peek at TS by
talking to two young women who have it. What did they have to say? Suprizingly, they were
extremely open and happy. These girls were full of life and weren't letting TS get to
them. Anastasia is 11(from Cincinnati, Ohio), and Rosebud (screen name) is 24, from
Minnesota.

Anastasia was diagnosed when she was 4 months old. She commented, "It's really not that
bad once you get use to it." As a young child, she always is picked on about her
shortness. However, she wanted to make it quite clear that she was only picked on about
her shortness, and not her TS. Anastasia is in the 6th grade, (Caucasian) and wants to
become famous. She takes GH shots to help her growth and shouted to the chat room, "I have
TS…and I'm proud of it!!"

Rosebud is 24, Caucasian, and single. She was diagnosed when she was 11. She comments
that, "I would have to say that I've had a pretty normal life." Rose bud was never teased
as a child or as an adult. Children don't really know about TS, but her playmates never
made fun of her. Rose also took GH shots when she was younger to help her with the TS, but
she doesn't take them anymore

Turner's Syndrome is a rare chromosomal disorder of females (1:2500) characterized by
short stature and the lack of sexual development at puberty. H.H. Turner first described
this syndrome in 1938. Other physical features may include a webbed neck, heart defects,
kidney abnormalities, and/or various other malformations. Normally, females have two
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