Turner's syndrome in Italy: Familial characteristics, neonatal data, standards for birth weight and for height and weight from infancy to adulthood

S. Bernasconi, D. Larizza, L. Benso, C. Volta, S. Vannelli, S. Milani, G. Aicardi, R. Berardi, P. Borrelli, B. Boscherini, A. M. Pasquino, F. Buzi, E. Cacciari, L. Mazzanti, L. Cavallo, G. Chiumello, G. F. Nizzoli Dammacco, F. DeLuca

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Abstract

In 1990, the Italian Study Group for Turner's Syndrome (ISGTS) undertook a nationwide survey, involving the retrospective collection of cross-sectional data and longitudinal growth profiles of 772 girls with Turner's syndrome born between 1950 and 1990. The study was carried out in 29 pediatric endocrinological centers. In this first report, the familial characteristics and neonatal data of Turner girls are described, compared to those of the general population, and related to postnatal somatic development. Furthermore, charts for birth weight and growth standards for height and weight from infancy to adulthood are presented (these are the first charts based on a large sample from the Mediterranean area). The main findings were: (1) incidence of Turner births increases with parental age or parity; (2) most of the neonates are small for dates; (3) girls with normal birth weight tend to be both taller and heavier than girls with low birth weight during the whole growth period; and (4) a 10-cm difference in midparental height leads to a 6.5-cm difference in adult stature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-298
Number of pages7
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Volume83
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994

Keywords

  • birth weight standards
  • height and weight growth charts
  • Turner's syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Bernasconi, S., Larizza, D., Benso, L., Volta, C., Vannelli, S., Milani, S., Aicardi, G., Berardi, R., Borrelli, P., Boscherini, B., Pasquino, A. M., Buzi, F., Cacciari, E., Mazzanti, L., Cavallo, L., Chiumello, G., Nizzoli Dammacco, G. F., & DeLuca, F. (1994). Turner's syndrome in Italy: Familial characteristics, neonatal data, standards for birth weight and for height and weight from infancy to adulthood. Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, 83(3), 292-298.