Progeria Syndrome

By: Kevin Danner

Overview

Progeria is a very rare genetic disorder that has many physical effects. The effects cause the disorder to be fatal with a short life expectancy, it causes the patient to age at a very fast rate. Progeria begins to develop within the first few years after birth, early signs of this are often little to no weight gain and changes in skin. However, there are more symptoms to progeria some of which are more dangerous than others. One of those fatal symptoms is arteriosclerosis which hardens the patient's arteries. It is generally very easy to spot someone with progeria as the physical appearances are very common. Some of these appearances include hair loss, veins in the scalp, high voice, enlarged head, and incorrect tooth formation.

Tests and Treatments

Although there are treatments that help the patient's state of mind, there is no cure for the syndrome. There is some medication that can make patients with progeria comfortable but it cannot cure them of the disorder. Progeria tests have produced little success and patients with it will eventually die due to the disease.
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