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Turners Syndrome A relatively uncommon human sex-chromosome disorder Males very rarely contract this disease Its occurrence rate in females is about one per 3000 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 Turners Syndrome Bibliography Biology Today Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc 1991 Page 217 Turners Syndrome Via CD-ROM Comptons Interactive Encyclopedia 1996 Edition The Turners Syndrome Society of the United States Via the Internet httpwwwturner-syndrome-usorg
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