Progeria

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Definition

Progeria also known as Hutchison-Gilford progeria is a rare progressive genetic disorder causing children to age rapidly usually starting in the first two years of life.

Diagnosis

Confirming diagnostic test is not available for progeria; however, due to discovery in association with genetic mutations genetic testing for LMNA mutations can be carried out when progeria is suspected.

Treatment

There is no treatment available to cure progeria. Symptomatic treatment includes low-dose aspirin taken daily to prevent heart attacks and stroke, high-calorie diet and supplement to guarantee proper nutrition, and primary tooth extraction to avoid overcrowding and formation of second row of teeth.

Symptoms and Signs

Progeria also known as Hutchison-Gilford progeria is a rare progressive genetic disorder causing children to age rapidly usually starting in the first two years of life.

Causes

Progeria is caused by a single gene mutation in the gene known as lamin A.

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