Progeria

Last revised by Joshua Yap on 19 Jan 2023

Progeria is a term used for any syndrome in which a person is prematurely aged, however, it most commonly refers to Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), not to be confused with Hutchinson syndrome.

Although the primary clinical manifestations of progeria include short stature and skin changes, the disease is associated with a variety of imaging manifestations 1,2:

The term "progeria" comes from the combination of "pro" (πρό), the Greek word for "before" or "premature", and "gēras" (γῆρας), a term for "old age".

Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome was first described by Jonathan Hutchinson in 1886 and independently by Hastings Gilford in 1897 1

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