Hutchison-Guilford Progeria Syndrome

AKA: Progeria

What Is Progeria?
Progeria is a rare genetic condition characterized by an appearance of accelerated aging in children. Generaly, children that are 10 years of age will have the same respitory, muscular, and general health of a 70 year old adult.

The general characteristics are dwarfism, baldness, a pinched nose, small face and jaw relative to head size, delayed tooth formation, aged-looking skin, stiffness of joints, hip dislocations, generalized atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular problems. Most children affected have a remarkably similar appearance, despite racial background. At present, there is no cure or specific treatment available because the exact cause in unknown.

Associated Disease: Werner Syndrome
AKA: Progeria of the adult

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Written by W. Ted Brown, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Dept. Of Human Genetics
NYS Institute for Basic Research
Staten Island, NY