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(also known as Hutchinson–Gilford Progeria Syndrome,
Hutchinson–Gilford syndrome and Progeria syndrome) is an
extremely rare genetic condition wherein symptoms resembling
aspects of ageing are manifested at an early age. The word
Progeria comes from the Greek words "pro" means "before" and "géras"
means "old age".
The earliest symptoms include failure to thrive and a localized
scleroderma-like skin condition. As a child ages past infancy,
additional conditions become apparent. Limited growth, alopecia,
and a distinctive appearance (small face and jaw, pinched nose)
are all characteristics of progeria. People diagnosed with this
disorder usually have small, fragile bodies, like those of
elderly people. Later, the condition causes wrinkled skin,
atherosclerosis, kidney failure, loss of eyesight, hair loss and
cardiovascular problems. It is not transferred by the offspring.
A child with this condition show signs of symptoms usually
around 18–24 months. After being born a healthy looking baby,
their height and weight suddenly fall below average for their
age. Individuals generally retain normal mental and motor
development. There are many signs and symptoms of this
progressive disease, and they tend to get worse as the child
ages. The facial appearance is usually wrinkled, with a larger
head in relation to their body, with a narrow face and a beak
nose. The child experiences full-body alopecia. Scleroderma, a
hardening and tightening of the skin on trunk and extremities of
the body, is also prevalent. Since they experience hair loss,
prominent scalp veins are noticeable, as well as prominent eyes.
Musculoskeletal degeneration causes loss of body fat and muscle,
stiff joints, hip dislocations, and other symptoms generally
absent in the non-elderly population. The average life
expectancy for a child with progeria is about 13, but some with
the disease die younger and some live 20 years or longer. Heart
problems or strokes are the eventual cause of death in most
children with progeria. There's no cure for this condition, but
ongoing research shows some promise for treatment.
No treatments have been proven effective. Most treatment focuses
on reducing complications (such as cardiovascular disease) with
heart bypass surgery or low-dose aspirin. Children may also
benefit from a high-calorie diet. There's no cure for progeria.
Regular monitoring for cardiovascular disease may help with
managing your child's condition. Some children undergo coronary
artery bypass surgery or dilation of cardiac arteries
(angioplasty) to slow the progression of cardiovascular disease.
Certain therapies may ease or delay some of the signs and
symptoms including low dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks and
strokes, other medications according to the symptoms present,
physiotherapy to help with joint stiffness and hip problems and
extraction of primary teeth to prevent overcrowding as second
row of teeth starts coming in early. Some anti-cancerous drugs
like farnesyltransferase inhibitor may help in correcting cell
defects but it is still in trial stage.
Provide small frequent meals. Because nutrition and growth can
be an issue for children with progeria, giving your child
smaller meals more often may help to increase his or her caloric
Make sure your child drinks plenty of water. Dehydration can be
more serious in children with progeria. Be sure your child gets
enough to drink, especially during an illness or in hot weather.
Regular physical activity is essential to keep your child
active. Check with your child's doctor to learn which activities
are right for your child.
Get cushioned shoes or shoe inserts for your child. The loss of body
fat in the feet can cause discomfort.
Make sure your child is up to date on childhood immunizations. A child with progeria isn't at increased risk of infection, but
like all children is at risk if exposed to infectious diseases.
Provide learning opportunities. Progeria won't affect your child's
intellect, so he or she can attend school at an age-appropriate
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