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Progeria in Child
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Progeria in Child

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Contributors: Amy Fox MD, David Dasher MD, Lowell A. Goldsmith MD, MPH
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Synopsis

Progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, is a rare disease of accelerated aging associated with a mutation in the nuclear envelope protein lamin A. Patients typically appear normal at birth but develop, often within the first 1-2 years of life, the characteristic facial features and sclerodermoid skin changes. These patients have short stature, poor weight gain, and failure to thrive in addition to changes classically found in the elderly, including osteoporosis and atherosclerosis.

Characteristic facial features of progeria include loss of subcutaneous fat, a thin "beaked" nose, and a large cranium with sparse hair. Patients have a high-pitched voice and normal intelligence.

Progeria is a chronic and progressive disease. With no effective treatments currently available, most patients succumb to atherosclerotic complications by the second decade of life.

For more information, see OMIM.

Codes

ICD10CM:
E34.8 – Other specified endocrine disorders

SNOMEDCT:
238870004 – Progeria

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Differential Diagnosis & Pitfalls

  • Cockayne syndrome can have many features that overlap with progeria, but sclerodermoid skin changes are lacking and alopecia is less severe. Progeria does not have neurocognitive degeneration, which is commonly associated with Cockayne syndrome.
  • Werner syndrome is also associated with premature aging and sclerodermoid skin changes. Generally this is a less severe phenotype than progeria, and these patients have a longer life expectancy.

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Last Updated: 03/26/2018
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Progeria : Failure to thrive, Joint stiffness, Micrognathia, Teeth abnormalities, Widespread non-scarring alopecia
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