Hutchinson-gilford progeria syndrome
What is Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria syndrome?
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria syndrome, or progeria, is a rare genetic condition that makes a person's body seem to age much faster than expected. Children with progeria have trouble growing and gaining weight. Children typically experience medical issues that are usually associated with older age, such as hair loss, bone changes, hearing loss, joint stiffness, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and heart disease. As of June 14, 2016, there is no cure for progeria, but the symptoms and medical issues can be monitored and treated to increase a child's quality of life.
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