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Cardiovascular assessment in girls and women with Turner syndrome: a survey of current practice in the UK
  1. Avril Mason1,
  2. Arlene Smyth2,
  3. Sze Choong Wong3
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Turner Syndrome Support Society, Glasgow, UK
  3. 3Developmental Endocrinology Research Group, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Avril Mason, Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow G51 4TF, UK; avrilmason{at}nhs.net

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We read with interest the clinical review on monitoring of cardiovascular (CVS) risks in children with Turner syndrome (TS) by Dr Turtle and colleagues in the July edition of Archives of Diseases in Childhood.1 We thank them for highlighting this often ignored aspect of clinical care especially in growing girls with TS.

Aortic dilatation and aortic dissection are approximately six times commoner in TS with a peak incidence in the third decade, although this can also happen in younger girls. An extensive summary of all 122 published cases of TS and aortic dissection is included in a review on the topic.2 The 2007 Turner Syndrome Consensus Study Group guideline …

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