Timely detect Turner’s syndrome from the womb, it is vital to offer the child a better quality of life. Despite the fact that information is becoming more and more, it remains unknown to the majority of the population.
This strange syndrome is characteristic exclusively for women, that is, only girls are born with it. This is a genetic disease in which girls are short in stature.that is, they do not reach the height expected for their age, some develop heart and kidney problems, and in most cases they will not be able to have children because they do not ovulate.
Dr. Cristian Peña Padilla, seconded to the Genetics Service of the Juan I. Menchaca Civil Hospital, explains:
“Within the framework of genetic syndromes, this would be a common occurrence, this is a chromosomal change that has estimated incidence of one in 2500 women. It’s a condition that only affects women and it only affects women because it’s a sex chromosome problem, normally we all have two sex chromosomes, one XY in men and two XX in women, and in Turner syndrome, they only have one X chromosome.
Some of the manifestations:
“The most common characteristics are that they are short, shorter than expected for their age, and have a higher risk of congenital anomalies, among which the main ones are cardiac or left heart defects and a predisposition to other malformations, such as kidney disease, as well as other autoimmune diseases in which the body attacks itself, such as hypothyroidism, type 1 diabetes, and uveitis.”
Because of the disparity in quality of life these girls achieve when diagnosed early, civilian hospitals conduct these awareness campaigns for families with or suspected of having these patients.
In the wake of the COVID pandemic, they are resuming these informative conversations. Friday, July 21, from 8:30 to 14:00 at the Juan I. Menchaca Civil Hospital.Free admission.