Progeria, is a rare genetic condition that produces rapid aging in children its symptoms strongly resemble normal human again, this occurs in young children. It usually is not passed though families. Rarely is seemed in more of one member in family at the same time.
There is no specific treatment for Progeria. The Results of the first-ever clinical drug trial for children with Progeria, a rare, fatal “rapid-aging” disease, demonstrate the efficacy of a farnesyltransferase inhibitor (FTI), a drug originally developed to treat cancer. The clinical trial results, completed only six years after scientists identified the cause of Progeria, included significant improvements in weight gain, bone structure and, most importantly, the cardiovascular system, according to The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF) and Boston Children’s Hospital. The study results were published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Progeria causes early death. Patients usually only live to their teenage years. However, some patients can live into their early 20s. The cause of death is usually related to the heart or a stroke.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if your child does not appear to be growing or developing normally. Generally appear normal at birth. By 12 months, signs and symptoms, such as slow growth and hair loss, begin to appear.
Helping you child to cope with Progeria
He or she is also likely to experience fear and grief as awareness grows that Progeria shortens life span. Your child eventually will need help coping with the concept of death, and may have a number of difficult but important questions. It’s critical that you are able to talk openly and honestly with your child, and offer reassurance that’s compatible with your belief system. Ask your doctor, to help you prepare for such conversations with your child.