What is Progeria? Progeria is a rare, fatal genetic condition. It is characterized by an appearance aging in children, making them look old. It is also known as "HGPS" which stands for Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. The word "Progeria" is a Greek word that means "prematurely old". Thats how it got its name.
How is it Caused? Progeria is caused by a mutation in the gene called LMNA. The gene of LMNA produces a lamin A protein. It is what holds the nucleus of a cell together.
About Progeria: Progeria will begin to display many characteristics of aging within the first two years of life. Some signs of Progeria signs include growth failure, loss of body fat and hair, aged-looking skin, stiffness of joints, hip dislocation, heart disease or stroke. Many kids will Progeria will look somewhat alike. Children with Progeria die of a type of heart disease at an average age of fourteen years.
Adult Progeria: Another similar disease to Progeria is "adult progeria" which is the same thing but happens at a later time. It does not have an onset until the late teen years, with a life span into the 40's and 50's. The genetic mutation occurs randomly and isn't inherited. There is not a cure. Although there is medications and treatments that have been tested.
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