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Turner Syndrome: Addressing How Misconceptions Overshadow Opportunities for a “Normal” Life
Ashley A. Clark
Turner syndrome (TS) is a genetic condition found only in females. Responsible for an estimated 10% of all miscarriages and stillbirths, an estimated 99% of pregnancies involving monosomy TS (the most predominant subtype) are terminated, either voluntarily or as a result of medical complications. Despite poor prognosis for live birth, children born with TS have significant potential to develop into normal, happy individuals provided they are raised in a supportive environment. Unfortunately, TS issues are relatively underrepresented in counseling literature. In addition to addressing the medical aspects and prognosis of TS, this article examines the individual, couple, and family considerations necessary for providing competent and ethical practice.
Keywords: Turner syndrome, genetic, family counseling, miscarriage, selfesteem