By: Austin Himes
What is it?
Signs and Symptoms
- prominent eyes
- a thin nose with a beaked tip
- thin lips, a small chin
- protruding ears
- hair loss (alopecia)
- aged-looking skin
- joint abnormalities
- a loss of fat under the skin (subcutaneous fat)
Unlike many genetic mutations, progeria isn't passed down in families. Rather, the gene change is a chance occurrence that researchers believe affects a single sperm or egg just before conception. Neither parent is a carrier, so the mutations in the child's genes are new.
Long and short term effects
Long term effects: The children suffer from osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Improves daily living and work skills of patients.
Restores muscle strength and function through exercise.