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Are progeria and werner syndrome the same?

Are progeria and werner syndrome the same?

Werner is a type: Werner syndrome is one type of progeria (premature aging syndromes), often called adult onset progeria because it doesn't show up until adulthood. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Guardiani
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Progeria (Definition)

Progeria is a rare hereditary condition affecting the blood vessels, skin and musculoskeletal system that creates the impression of accelerated aging. Some aging processes are truly accelerated such as atherosclerosis of the coronary and carotid arteries, resulting early death. Most of the other illnesses of aging such as cancer, cataracts, and dementia do not occur but deposition of a substance associated with aging, liposuction, in vital organs leads to impairment of the liver, heart, adrenal glands, brain and skeletal system. Another protein, progeria, leads to defective DNA expression and repair. This protein also enhances the development of atherosclerosis. Children with Progeria have brittle bones, pathological fractures, feeding problems, dental abnormalities, hearing loss, growth failure, hairless, and clotting problems. Characteristic ...Read more


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Is progeria and werner syndrome the same thing?

Is progeria and werner syndrome the same thing?

Similar...: ...In the clinical features (accelerated aging) but werner syndrome is a bit less severe, and has a different genetic basis. ...Read more

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Can you die from werner syndrome?

Can you die from werner syndrome?

Yes: People with Werner's syndrome typically live to c. 54 years of age in the US, about 20 years less than you would expect. Vitamin C therapy may lengthen that lifespan, but it not clear yet that this is true. ...Read more

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What are the tests for werner syndrome?

What are the tests for werner syndrome?

WERNER SYNDROME: Clinical DX is by appearance which are premature aging after puberty with hair thinning and development of conditions of old age like cataract, diabetes and osteoporosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of werner syndrome?

WERNER SYNDROME: Clinical DX is by appearance which are premature aging after puberty with hair thinning and development of conditions of old age like cataract, diabetes and osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Are there risk factors for werner syndrome?

Are there risk factors for werner syndrome?

It is genetic: It is caused by a rare recessive genetic mutation causing degeneration of the "telomere" part of the chromosome, leading to premature aging. Each parent of someone with the disease would have one copy of the gene and neither parent would be affected. ...Read more

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I think so I have werner syndrome. Everyone tells me that i look older than i really am. What should I do?

See a physician: Werner syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that appears in childhood and adolescents. Although premature aging is one of the features, there are many others including muscle and subcutaneous tissue loss, thickening of the skin (scleroderma changes), premature hair greying/baldness, skin ulcers. It should be diagnosed by a specialist, not by your friends. ...Read more

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Could a cure for progeria syndrome lead to the "fountain of youth"?

Could a cure for progeria syndrome lead to the "fountain of youth"?

Who knows???: First we need to understand the cure or Rx for progeria, then it can be tested to see if it has broader application. In the meantime, we know a lot about what shortens life: obesity, lack of exercise, smoking and complications of those like diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease, but most of us would rather have a pill than do the hard work it takes to stay fit. ...Read more

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It happens that a cure for progeria syndrome lead to the "fountain of youth"?

Neither are likely: Given that progeria is so rare & hard to study, the likelihood of some treatment to reverse the metabolic consequence of this disease is remote. If it were, it would simply bring the kid up to the longevity of normal humans. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Fine
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Werner Syndrome (Definition)

Werner syndrome is a disorder of early and rapid aging that begins in adolescence or early adulthood. Most individuals with Werner syndrome appear of old age by the time they are 30 or 40 years old. Wrinkled skin, being of short height, baldness, and muscular ...Read more