Cardiovascular outcomes of pregnancy in Turner syndrome

Jasmine Grewal, Anne Marie Valente, Alexander C. Egbe, Fred M. Wu, Eric V. Krieger, Virginia P. Sybert, Iris M. Van Hagen, Luc M. Beauchesne, Fred H. Rodriguez, Craig S. Broberg, Anitha John, Elisa A. Bradley, Jolien W. Roos-Hesselink

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Objectives Women with Turner syndrome (TS) are frequently counselled against pregnancy due to lack of data and unclear aortic dissection risk. However, with advances in fertility therapy, more women with TS are contemplating pregnancy. This study compared rates of adverse cardiovascular (CV) outcomes among: (1) pregnant and non-pregnant women with TS and (2) pregnant women with TS with/without structural heart disease. Methods Retrospective analysis of pregnant and age-matched non-pregnant controls with TS (2005-2017) across 10 CV centres was done. Data were collected at initial evaluation in pregnancy and outcomes were assessed to 6 months postpartum. Adverse CV events were defined as CV death, aortic dissection/rupture and/or aortic intervention. Non-pregnant age-matched controls were followed over the same time period. Results Sixty-eight pregnancies were included (60 women, mean age 33 years, 48% primigravid, 49% fertility therapy, 80% structurally normal heart, 25% XO karyotype). Based on American Society of Reproductive Medicine criteria, 10 pregnancies occurred in women stratified to high-risk category. There were no CV events in the pregnant women or in the non-pregnant women with TS. Obstetric events complicated 12 (18%) pregnancies with 9 (13%) attributed to hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. Fetal events included small for gestational age neonates (18%), preterm delivery (15%) and fetal death (3%). Conclusions This study helps to refine the approach to pregnancy in women with TS. Among women with TS without structural heart disease, pregnancy does not impose an increased risk of CV outcomes. Among women with TS with structural heart disease, the risk of pregnancy is not as prohibitive as previously described but does require ongoing evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-66
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • aortic coarctation
  • aortic dissection or intramural hematoma
  • bicuspid aortic valve
  • pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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