Turner syndrome-issues to consider for transition to adulthood

Lucaccioni, L., Wong, S. C. , Smyth, A., Lyall, H., Dominiczak, A. , Ahmed, S. F. and Mason, A. (2015) Turner syndrome-issues to consider for transition to adulthood. British Medical Bulletin, 113(1), pp. 45-58. (doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldu038) (PMID:25533182)

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Background Turner syndrome (TS) is associated with a spectrum of health problems across the age span, which requires particular attention during the transition period in these adolescents.<p></p> Areas of agreement The majority of girls with TS require oestrogen replacement from puberty onwards, which is important for adequate feminization, uterine development and maintenance of bone health. There is a lifetime increased risk from autoimmune conditions like hypothyroidism, coeliac disease, hearing loss and aortic dilatation with the potential to lead to aortic dissection. A systematic and holistic approach to provision of health care in TS is needed.<p></p> Areas of controversy Several unanswered questions remain, including the choice of hormone replacement therapy in the young person with TS and in adulthood; the optimal mode of cardiovascular assessment; the best management and assessment prior to and during pregnancy.<p></p> Areas timely for developing research The optimal model of care and transition to adult services in TS requires attention. Further research is needed in relation to cardiovascular risk assessment, pregnancy management and hormone replacement therapy in TS.<p></p>

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ahmed, Professor Syed Faisal and Dominiczak, Professor Anna and Wong, Dr Jarod and Mason, Dr Avril and Smyth, Dr Ann and Lucaccioni, Dr Laura
Authors: Lucaccioni, L., Wong, S. C., Smyth, A., Lyall, H., Dominiczak, A., Ahmed, S. F., and Mason, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:British Medical Bulletin
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1471-8391

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