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CARDIAC ALERT

Although aortic dissection and rupture occur rarely, it is important to know that those with Turner syndrome are at increased risk. Turner syndrome patients with one or more risk factors, including hypertension, bicuspid aortic valve, aortic dilation, and pregnancy present with an even higher risk of aortic dissection. However, 10%-25% of girls and women with Turner syndrome who have experienced aortic dissection had no risk factors aside from a diagnosis of Turner syndrome.*

ALL Turner syndrome patients presenting with severe chest pain should be considered for an aortic dissection until findings show otherwise.

Information provided from “Turner Syndrome – Know Your Body” page 103-105 http://np.netpublicator.com/netpublication/n75088268