Turner syndrome treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions
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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my Turner syndrome?
Yes. Our doctors are registered Canadian physicians that can help manage Turner syndrome and related health issues such as osteoporosis or diabetes. Our network of doctors also includes endocrinologists who can provide hormonal treatment for Turner syndrome in many provinces. Many women with Turner syndrome require ongoing treatment and prescriptions and telemedicine can be a valuable time saver for them.
Can I get a prescription on Maple?
Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.
You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
What is Turner syndrome?
Turner syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that causes women to be born with one complete X chromosome and a second X chromosome that is either improperly formed or absent entirely. Turner syndrome primarily affects the reproductive system, and women with the condition rarely go through puberty without hormonal intervention and are often infertile.
What are the symptoms of Turner syndrome?
Turner syndrome is associated with certain physical characteristics but some individuals are less affected than others. Symptoms of Turner syndrome include:
- Widely spaced nipples
- Wide and webbed neck
- Swelling of the hands and feet
- Short stature
- Lowered hairline in the back of the head
- No onset of menstruation at puberty
- Lack of breast development at puberty
- Women with Turner syndrome are of average intelligence but may have an increased incidence of learning disabilities
What causes Turner syndrome?
Turner syndrome is caused by a random genetic mutation that affects the X chromosomes. It isn’t attributable to maternal or paternal genes or behaviour.
How is Turner syndrome diagnosed?
Doctors may suspect Turner syndrome in girls with certain physical traits, but Turner syndrome can only be diagnosed through a specific type of blood test called a karyotype. In less severe cases, the diagnosis may not come until later in life when a girl’s shortened stature and failure to begin puberty become apparent.
How is Turner syndrome treated?
There is no cure for Turner syndrome, but treatment with growth hormone and estrogen replacement therapy addresses many of its symptoms. Growth hormone is typically given in childhood and adolescence to help individuals attain a more “normal” height. Most preteen girls with Turner syndrome also require estrogen replacement therapy to stimulate puberty. Many women with Turner syndrome take this medication throughout their lives.
Women with Turner syndrome have a higher risk of developing heart and kidney issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and bone issues. Those that develop these issues often need additional medical treatment for these health conditions. Life expectancy with Turner syndrome is somewhat shorter than typical, especially if individuals suffer from concurrent health issues. But if these concerns are properly managed, the prognosis for Turner syndrome is usually positive, and individuals can live a long and healthy life.
What is Maple?
With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.
You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video. You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.
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