Essay On Turner Syndrome

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Turner syndrome, also known as TS and gonadal dysgenesis, is a chromosomal deficiency affecting over two million women that occur when two of the X chromosomes in a female’s DNA are either incomplete or missing entirely. It usually becomes apparent when a female is only a few years old, or even shortly following her birth. The missing genetic material of the X chromosome keeps the female body from maturing on its own. Because Turner syndrome is different for every female and an individual experience, it is possible for women with TS to live very normal lives.
According to the Turner Syndrome Foundation, this chromosomal deficiency “is the second most common genetic disorder… 1,000 new baby girls are born with the Syndrome annually (one every
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Smith discusses the research of Orten and Orten and describes the accomplishments of women with TS in educational and employment settings, along with the overall satisfaction they have toward their own lives. “Orten and Orten concentrated on aspects that help these young women earn credentials and acquire skills that enable them to lead fulfilling lives. In this study only 10% of the women with TS considered themselves unhappy, a figure no greater than the number of persons in the general population who have social and emotional problems” (Smith, 490). Because of this, it is easy to conclude that while there are struggles that come along with having Turner Syndrome, an individual is highly capable of living a successful and highly satisfying life.
Similarly, individuals living with Turner Syndrome have the same varying levels of intelligence as non-TS females. The only difference is that those who are a part of the Syndrome’s population may have trouble visualizing how one object relates to another, also known as spatial-temporal processing, and nonverbal memory and paying attention. This can end up causing difficulties with and individual’s sense of direction, manual dexterity, nonverbal learning, and social skills (Turner Syndrome Society,

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