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DESCRIBING LYMPHEDEMA IN FEMALES WITH TURNER SYNDROME

Authors
  • J Rothbauer
  • S Driver
  • L Callender

Abstract

Turner syndrome (TS) is a chromosomal condition affecting an estimated 1 in 2,500 girls where the second X chromosome is missing, or partially formed. This abnormality affects multiple body systems and can lead to short stature, cardiac, neural, and renal abnormalities. Due to the chronic, non-life threatening nature of lymphedema in comparison to other symptoms of TS, it is often ignored by girls and women with TS and their physicians. Consequently, little is known about how lymphedema affects girls and women with TS across the lifespan. Therefore, the objective of the study was to deliver an online survey for females with TS and caregivers in the US, UK, and Canada to provide a worldwide perspective on their current experience with lymphedema within the spectrum of TS. There were 219 participants who completed the survey, and we were able to identify incidence and characteristics of lymphedema across the lifespan. In addition, we found that females with 45,X karyotyping were more likely to report lymphedema symptoms. Lymphedema is not the most significant concern of females with TS, but education, physician evaluation, and assistance with referrals for treatment and management would improve the ease of managing lymphedema in girls and women with TS.

Keywords: Turner syndrome, genetic karyotyping, phenotypes, quality of life, primary lymphedema, age groups

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Rothbauer, J., Driver, S. & Callender, L., (2015) “DESCRIBING LYMPHEDEMA IN FEMALES WITH TURNER SYNDROME”, Lymphology 48(3), 139-152.

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Published on
28 Jan 2015
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