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Is turner syndrome also another form of a hermaphrodite?

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Dr. Holly Barth
Dr. Holly Barthanswered
General Practice 10 years experience
Female: Turner syndrome is a woman who only has one x chromosome instead of 2 x chromosomes that a female usually has. This will result in decreased or absent secondary sex characteristics (such as breat development). These women usually do not have periods and are infertile. Turner syndrome is always a female though. This is distinctly different from being a hermaphrodite.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 19 years experience
Great answer. Wishing you'all the very best.
Feb 24, 2012
Dr. Nancy Durso
Dr. Nancy Durso commented
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Some Turner's syndrome patients may have lost a Y chromosome. This can only be told through special tests or if there is only partial loss (mosaic). They will still look like a female. Any gonad tissue needs to be removed because of increased risk of cancer. A hermaphrodite has both eggs and sperm. Turner's patients usually have one type but have lost them all by puberty.
Feb 25, 2012
Dr. Mark Perloe
Fertility Medicine 46 years experience
Hermaphrodite: This diagnosis requires the presence of both male and female gonads [testicular as well as ovarian tissue]. A pseudohermaphrodite is someone whose genitalia is sexually ambiguous suggesting a state somewhere between male and female.
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 22 years experience
Absolutely not: Turner's syndrome is a medical condition where some or all cells of the body are missing an x chromosome (normal female cells typically have two x chromosomes). Females affected by this disorder may suffer from short stature or pubertal difficulties, nevertheless, the majority of them have a charming personality and can lead a normal life.
Dr. Steven Lindheim
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
No: It is a "syndrome" where the ovaries stopped working (premature ovarian failure) with loss of ovarian function-lack of hormone production and eggs for future feritlity. It is also happens to be associated with other clinical presentations including heart-skeletal-adrenal-skin abnormalities. It otherwise is not associated with shortened life span unless the heart issues go undetected.

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