Progeria

genetic disorder

Definition of the Disorder

Progeria is a rare genetic disorder that causes children to age prematurely. It is also commonly known as Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome.
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Symptoms

  • Do not gain height or weight
  • Lose body fat/hair
  • Stiff joints
  • Rapid aging
  • Worn skin
  • Protruding eyes
  • Thin lips
  • Heart disease/strokes
Cam Update May 2010

Diagnosis and Treatment

Progeria is typically diagnosed by a physical examination followed by blood work to check for a specific mutation in the LMNA gene. There is currently no treatment known for this disorder which does not make it curable. Most people with this have a life span between 13 and 20 years.

People Likely to Develop

Children have the greatest risk of developing this genetic disorder. It is, however, a dominant trait. It usually occurs even with no history of the condition in the family. Fortunately, it is very rare: only one in every 4-8 million people will live with this condition.

Research

Currently, there is no cure for this genetic disorder, but there is research being done by the Progeria Research Foundation.
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