By: Maddie, Troy, Lorne, and Alex

About progeria

The name actual name of the syndroime is Hutchinson-Gilford progeria Syndrome. This syndrome causes rapid aging in children. This disorder is rare among children.

Sam Berns was a Progeria patient wanting to change the world. He didn't want anyone showing pity towards him because he only wanted to look at the bright side of things and never let the syndrome get in the way of what he loved doing. (Sam Berns to the right)

Genetic Transmission

The LMNA gene is affected. The LMNA provides instructions for making a protein called lamin. Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, is a autosomal dominant disorder. This syndrome is hereditary.

Life Expectancy and Treatment

Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a progeria patient is normally 13 years. But some patients with this syndrome may live longer or shorter. Some may live up to 20 or even 30 years.


  • A daily does of aspirin can prevent heart attacks and strokes
  • The doctor can prescribe medication to the patient depending on his or her condition
  • physical and occupational treatment may help with joint stiffness and hip problems and keep the patient active.
  • Their is no cure for progeria but researchers are still trying to find a cure

6 facts about Progeria

  • Kids with the syndrome have a life expectancy of about 13 years
  • The drug Lonafarnib can sometimes help a kid with progeria live longer
  • Close to 250 children worldwide are living with progeria at any given time
  • Progeria is a very fatal genetic disease that causes rapid aging, 7 times faster than normal aging
  • As a newborn the kid appears normal, but within a year their growth rate slows down and they get shorter and weigh a lot less than others their age
  • Children with Progeria are affected by baldness, aged looking skin, a small face, etc. also softer symptoms seen in older people like stiffness at joints , hip dislocation and severe, progressive cardiovascular disease.
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This is a picture of a normal Karyotype, but the cause of progeria will not show up on a karyotype but they know that it happens on chromosome number 1
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