Progeria

Sean McDermott

Overview

Progeria is a rare genetic disorder that affects the human's skin, eyes, and aging process

Inherited

Progeria is believed to be passed on by the chromosome 1 and has a chance to mutate. Progeria is a dominant gene.

Research

Studies show/suggest that Progeria may be realated to the age and wieght of the parents. Age of death ranges from seven to 27 years.

Signs and Symptoms

  • appear normal at birth
  • symptoms begin around the first/second year of the childs life
  • skin changes and failure to gain wieght are first
  • eyes- the person with the disorder seems to have abnormal eyes
  • bones - several mutations in the skeletal structure.
  • skin- skin gets dry and wrinkles faster
  • common external findings include aging faster on the outside and skin changes like aging spots

Tests and Treatment

There is no current cure for progeria but there is a medicine like Nitroglycerin that helps slow it down and relaxes fibers in blood vessels

Citations

Fundukian, Laurie J. "Progeria Syndrome." The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic
Disorders. 2010. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web.

"Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Pyndrome." Genetics Home Reference. Genetics Home
Reference, n.d. Web. 6 Apr. 2016. <https://ghr.nlm.nlh.gov/condition/
hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome>.

"Werner Syndrome." Gale Virtual Refrence Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Apr. 2016.
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