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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Raviteja Guddeti, M.B.B.S. [2] Akash Daswaney, M.B.B.S[3]


Prenatal ultrasounds may show a left-sided cardiac defect, renal anomalies, growth retardation, relatively short limbs, fetal edema, cystic hygroma, polyhydramnios and brachycephaly. Echocardiographies and renal ultrasounds help detect structural defects.


2010 ACCF/AHA/AATS/ACR/ASA/SCA/SCAI/SIR/STS/SVM Guideline Recommendations: Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Thoracic Aortic Disease (DO NOT EDIT) [4]

Aortic Imaging in Genetic Syndromes (DO NOT EDIT) [4]

Class I
"1. Patients with Turner syndrome should undergo imaging of the heart and aorta for evidence of bicuspid aortic valve, coarctation of the aorta, or dilatation of the ascending thoracic aorta. If initial imaging is normal and there are no risk factors for aortic dissection, repeat imaging should be performed every 5 to 10 years or if otherwise clinically indicated. If abnormalities exist, annual imaging or follow-up imaging should be done. (Level of Evidence: C)"
Class IIb
"1. In patients with Turner syndrome with additional risk factors, including bicuspid aortic valve, coarctation of the aorta, and/or hypertension, and in patients who attempt to become pregnant or who become pregnant, it may be reasonable to perform imaging of the heart and aorta to help determine the risk of aortic dissection. (Level of Evidence: C)"


Echocardiography showing aortic stenosis in Turner Syndrome


Ultrasound showing a Cystic Hygroma with hydrops fetalis Turner Syndrome

  • A dilated cystic like structure is seen on the back of the neck of a 23 year old female.
  • On ultrasound, a cystic hygroma is seen on the posterior aspect of the skull and cervical spine.


  1. Gravholt CH (2005). "Clinical practice in Turner syndrome". Nat Clin Pract Endocrinol Metab. 1 (1): 41–52. doi:10.1038/ncpendmet0024. PMID 16929365.
  2. Wolff DJ, Van Dyke DL, Powell CM, Working Group of the ACMG Laboratory Quality Assurance Committee (2010). "Laboratory guideline for Turner syndrome". Genet Med. 12 (1): 52–5. doi:10.1097/GIM.0b013e3181c684b2. PMID 20081420.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Shankar RK, Backeljauw PF (2018). "Current best practice in the management of Turner syndrome". Ther Adv Endocrinol Metab. 9 (1): 33–40. doi:10.1177/2042018817746291. PMC 5761955. PMID 29344338.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hiratzka LF, Bakris GL, Beckman JA, Bersin RM, Carr VF, Casey DE; et al. (2010). "2010 ACCF/AHA/AATS/ACR/ASA/SCA/SCAI/SIR/STS/SVM guidelines for the diagnosis and management of patients with Thoracic Aortic Disease: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Radiology, American Stroke Association, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Interventional Radiology, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and Society for Vascular Medicine". Circulation. 121 (13): e266–369. doi:10.1161/CIR.0b013e3181d4739e. PMID 20233780.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Essandoh M, Castellon-Larios K, Zuleta-Alarcon A, Portillo JG, Crestanello JA (2014). "Unicuspid Aortic Stenosis in a Patient with Turner Syndrome: A Case Report". Front Cardiovasc Med. 1: 14. doi:10.3389/fcvm.2014.00014. PMC 4668843. PMID 26664864.

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