What is Progeria?
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS) is an extremely rare genetic condition which causes physical changes that resemble greatly accelerated aging in sufferers. The disease affects between 1 in 4 million (estimated actual) and 1 in 8 million (reported) newborns. Symptoms generally begin appearing around 18-24 months of age. The condition is distinguished by limited growth, loss of hair and a characteristic appearance with small face and jaw and pinched nose. Later the condition causes wrinkled skin, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular problems. Mental development is not affected.
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