Turner’s Syndrome A relatively uncommon human sex-chromosome disorder. Males very rarely contract this disease. Its occurrence rate in females is about one per 3,000 live female births. Occurs when a sperm carrying no sex chromosomes fertilizes a normal ovum, resulting in a female that has only one X chromosome, producing a male body type: short, with a broad neck, and usually lacking female internal reproductive organs and secondary sex characteristics. The patient is usually sterile and pregnancy is rare. Other signs and symptoms include a low hairline, webbed neck, shield-shaped chest with widely spaced nipples, and usually kidney and heart malformations.

The patient may also have immature breasts and be of above-average height. Some are mildly retarded. Despite many efforts, no real causes have been found to be linked to this condition. It appears be a random event that can happen to anyone. There is no reason why a woman with Turners Syndrome should not lead a full, productive life. It is important though that she get good medical care regularly.

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