Progeriaalso known as “Hutchinson–Gilford Progeria Syndrome”,  is an extremely rare genetic condition wherein symptoms resembling aspects of aging are manifested at an early age. The disorder has very low incidences and occurs in an estimated 1 per 8 million live births.  Image by Jasmine Goldband | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Those born with progeria typically live to their mid teens and early twenties.   It is a genetic condition that occurs as a new mutation (de novo), and is rarely inherited. Although the term progeria applies strictly speaking to all diseases characterized by premature aging symptoms, and is often used as such, it is often applied specifically in reference to Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome.Scientists are particularly interested in progeria because it might reveal clues about the normal process of aging.

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