We connect individuals and families in the Turner syndrome community and create and support local resources, including a Turner syndrome clinic program.
Turner syndrome (TS) occurs in approximately one out of every 2,000- 4,000 female live births. It is a chromosomal condition describing girls and women with common features, physical traits and medical conditions caused by the complete or partial absence of the second sex chromosome. TS was first described in the United States in 1938 by Dr. Henry Turner.
At the basic level, the missing genetic material prevents the female body from growing and maturing naturally. Turner syndrome is variable, and each girl and woman will have unique health needs and characteristics. Most girls and women have two complete X chromosomes (the sex chromosomes for females). Turner syndrome is caused by the absence of all or part of the second sex chromosome in some or all of the cells of the body. The most consistent features of TS are short stature and lack of ovarian development, however, there are other symptoms and characteristics that can appear in varying degrees, depending on each person's unique genetic makeup.
Originally founded as a Support Group—and later as a Chapter--under the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States (TSSUS), Turner Syndrome Colorado became an independent nonprofit organization in 2016. The Colorado community has shown incredible vision and support in building resources in Colorado with its support of the eXtraordinarY Kids Turner Syndrome Clinic. By becoming an independent organization, Turner Syndrome Colorado preserves the ability to continue to build programs and resources that will impact local families.
Turner Syndrome Colorado's mission is to connect individuals and families in the Turner syndrome community and create and support local resources, including a Turner syndrome clinic program.