Progeria

Angel Coleman

Definition: A rare syndrome in children characterized by physical signs and symptoms suggestive of premature old age.

What causes it?: It is caused by a genetic mutation.

Can it be prevented?: No.

Symptoms: Slowed growth, prominent eyes, narrowed face, hair loss, visible veins, thinning spotty wrinkling skin, and high-pitched voice.

How can it be detected?: A doctor will order a genetic test.

What treatment options are available?: There are currently no good treatments available, but there is testing of a cancer drug called FTI.