Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria syndrome (progeria) the disease causes premature aging – so rapidly that a young child can look like a very old man. The disease is caused by a genetic mutation, and does not pass from parent to child.
Two cases this week highlight some of the difficulties surrounding rare and orphan diseases. First, Sam Berns, age just died from his progressive genetic disease, progeria, which causes very rapid and premature aging.
This is a condition known as Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. It is a very rare condition that accelerates the aging process in children. The average life span for children with this disorder is 13 years of age.
Sir Jonathan Hutchinson (1828- 1913),an English surgeon, ophthalmologist, dermatologist, venereologist and pathologist. He published more than 1,200 medical articles.. Hutchinson has his name attached to the many entities in medicine as Hutchinson's triad, angina,dehidrosis, melanotic freckle, pupil, teeth, triad and Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome./.Caricature by Sir Leslie Ward