What Is Progeria?

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Q: What is progeria? A: Progeria is a rare genetic condition that causes children to age rapidly. Its name is derived from Greek and means “prematurely old.” While there are different types of progeria, the classic type is known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS). Children with progeria appear healthy, but by the age of 2 years, they look as if they have become old too fast. It is caused by a tiny point mutation in a child’s DNA,a one-letter typo in the billions of letters that make up the chromosomal book. Progeria is incurable, but symptoms can be managed. Children with this condition live on average for 14 years. The condition is extremely rare. There are an estimated 350-400 children living with progeria worldwide. It is believed to affect 1 in every 4 million newborns of both sexes equally and all races.   Keywords: disease progeria; disorder progeria;p rogeria; progeria disease; progeria syndrome; progeria syndromes; progeria+; hutchinson gilford progeria; hutchinson gilford progeria syndrome.