Obstetric Outcomes in Women With Turner Karyotype EDITORIAL COMMENT

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There is concern over the high risk of cardiovascular complications, hypertensive disorders, and other adverse obstetric outcomes among pregnant women with Turner syndrome (TS). A diagnosis of TS is made in some women late in life or not at all. Spontaneous pregnancies are rare in women with TS and are associated with a high rate of complications, especially miscarriage. The use of assisted reproductive techniques is an option for these women; pregnancy and implantation rates after oocyte donation in women with TS seem to be comparable with those without TS who need this treatment. Few data are available on obstetric outcome in pregnant women with TS. The aim of this retrospective population-based cohort study was to compare maternal and neonatal outcomes among singleton pregnancies of women with and without TS. Data on births occurring between 1973 and 2007 from the Swedish Genetic Turner Register and the Swedish Medical Birth Register were cross-linked. Obstetric outcome in infants born to women with TS was compared with a reference group of 56,000 women from the general population. Mean gestational age and birth weight were adjusted for maternal age. Outcome in TS women with twins was described separately. A total of 115 women with TS gave birth to 208 children (202 singletons and 3 sets of twins) during the study period. The TS diagnosis was unknown in 52% of the women before the first delivery. Women in the TS group were older at the first delivery than women in the reference group; median age was 30 years and 26 years, respectively (P < 0.0001). There was a trend toward more women with TS having preeclampsia during their first pregnancy (6.3 vs. 3.0%; P = 0.07). One woman suffered from an aortic dissection during her second spontaneous pregnancy. Compared with the reference group, the median gestational age was shorter in children in the TS group (-6.4 days, P = 0.0067), and median birth weight was lower (-208 g, P = 0.001); however, no significant difference was found in median standard deviation scores for weight and length at birth. The rate of cesarean delivery was higher in the TS group than in the reference group (35.6% vs. 11.8%, respectively, P < 0.0001). There was no significant difference in birth defects between groups. These findings show that women with a TS karyotype have mostly favorable obstetric outcomes. Singletons of women with TS have a shorter gestational age but a similar size at birth. The data also show no difference in birth defects between women with and without TS.


  • A. Hagman
  • Karin Källén
  • M-L Barrenas
  • K. Landin-Wilhelmsen
  • C. Hanson
  • I. Bryman
  • U-B Wennerholm
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  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-229
JournalObstetrical and Gynecological Survey
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch