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
, and general health of a 70 year old adult.
The general characteristics are dwarfism
, 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
More Information: www.progeriaresearch.org
Source: THE PROGERIA SYNDROME FACT SHEET
Written by W. Ted Brown, MD
, Dept. Of Human Genetics
for Basic Research