Progeria

3341 WordsSep 25, 201114 Pages
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome Abstract Hutchinson - Gilford syndrome, or Progeria, is an extremely rare genetic disorder when children age at a tremendous pace. Although children born with Porgeria tend to look healthy, they begin to display many characteristics of fast-tracked aging around 18-24 months. These children develop growth failure, a loss of body fat and hair, aged-looking skins, stiffness of joints, cardiovascular disease and strokes. Children with Progeria die of atherosclerosis (heart disease) at an average age of thirteen years (with a range of about 8 – 21 years). Progeria is extremely uncommon; only about one out of eight million people have it. Ninety percent of children with Progeria have a mutation on the gene…show more content…
These childrens older physique and health problems are not a nightmare, they are everyday life. Progeria is a tremendously uncommon genetic disorder with atrocious symptoms, much research, but no cure. Progeria comes from the Greek word progeros meaning 'prematurely old' (Gordon 66). Progeria also known as Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, is an extremely rare and fatal genetic disorder that assists in accelerated aging. Symptoms of old age start manifesting in new born babies affected with this condition. These children age around six times faster than normal human beings, therefore resulting in an incomplete shortened life. The average age of death for progeria patients is thirteen, but in reality their body functions as if they were eighty (Gilford). The condition was discovered independently by two scientists, Jonathan Hutchinson in 1886 and Hastings Gilford in 1897(Online). The other name for progeria, Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria syndrome (HGPS), honors these two. These two men brought the mysterious disease to light for further investigation. Progeria is extremely unusual. Since first recorded in 1886 there have been 140 cases worldwide (Ramírez 22). That means the condition is estimated to affect 1 in 4 million newborns. Presently, there are 80 children in 34 countries that have known cases of progeria (Ramírez 22).
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