Adrianna Blake| Bio (H) 1| 3rd MP Project | March 14th, 2014
What is Progeria?
What are the symptoms?
At birth a child with Progeria will appear normal, but within one year, the weight, height, and growth rate is below average. Affected children develop a distinct appearance that includes a pinched nose, minor face, elderly-looking skin, and baldness. Not only do these children look elderly, their bodies start having some symptoms that much older people have, such as stiffness in joints, dislocation of the hips, and severe heart diseases.
How is it diagnosed?
Now that this gene mutation has been recognized, The Progeria Research Foundation has made up a Diagnostics Testing Program. Doctors can now look at the specific genetic change in the Progeria genes and lead to HGPS. After looking at a child’s medical records and appearance, the child will be tested for the Progeria gene through a blood sample. This will lead to more precise and earlier diagnoses so that the children can receive proper care.
What is the treatment?
Some children with Progeria have attempted angioplasty and/or coronary artery bypass surgery in hopes of easing all of the heart complications. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure or treatment for this dangerous condition.
What is the patient’s lifespan?
Dealing with a patient with Progeria, death usually occurs between ages 13-18, typically from a stroke or heart attack.
What is some current research?
- The patients' average intelligence are usually ineffective due to Progeria.
- In 2005 there were only seven children in the United States with Progeria.
- Progeria affects boys slightly more than girls.