Laymen have called it the “aging disease,” but the correct medical term is Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. The medical community generally refers to it as progeria. The word Progeria comes from the Greek progeros, meaning 'prematurely old'. Progeria is a rare, progressive, genetic disorder causing children to age rapidly.
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. These children give the distinct physical impression of being many decades older that they really are. However, HGPS children are neurologically unaffected, so that their emotional and developmental stages are age-appropriate. Occurs in 1per 8 million live births.
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.
Progeria (also known as “Hutchinson–Gilford progeria syndrome” and “Hutchinson–Gilford syndrome”) is an extremely rare, severe, genetic condition wherein symptoms resembling aspects of aging are manifested at an early age.