September 1975

Lateralized Neurologic Deficits and Psychopathology in a Turner Syndrome Patient

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1975;32(9):1198-1200. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1975.01760270130018

• A Turner syndrome patient has been studied by more extensive neuropsychological testing than has previously been reported with such patients. Testing indicates impairment of a variety of functions normally subserved by the right cerebral hemisphere. If replicated with other Turner patients, a lateralized neurologic deficit is implicated as part of the syndrome.

Also, this case illustrates the importance of family support and sensitive professional treatment in determining the psychological outcome of this disorder. As an important therapeutic consideration, we describe psychologically detrimental effects of delayed estrogen treatment with an older Turner syndrome patient.