An inherited disorder marked by rapid aging that begins in early adolescence. Patients may be shorter than average, and have health problems such as loss and graying of hair, hardening of the arteries, thinning of the bones, diabetes, and thin, hardened skin. They also have an increased risk of cancer, especially osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer). Adult progeria is caused by a mutation (change) in a gene involved in cell division. It is a type of autosomal recessive gene disease. Also called Werner syndrome and WS.
Source: NCI Cancer Glossary1
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Adult Progeria: See Werner syndrome
Related Diseases and Conditions
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- Werner syndrome: Werner syndrome is characterized by the dramatic, rapid appearance of features associated with normal aging. Individuals with this disorder typically grow and develop normally until they reach puberty. Affected teenagers3
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- Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is the narrowing and hardening of the arteries. It is related to high cholesterol (and high triglycerides). Strictly speaking, the narrowing of the arteries is called atheroma, the hardening
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- Diabetes: Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the body loses the ability to properly process sugars (glucose). The full medical name is “Diabetes Mellitus”.
Diabetes is very common, affecting about 4
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- Cancer: Cancer is the general class of diseases caused by the body’s own cells reproducing too rapidly. The dividing cells usually create a solid tumor from a mass of body
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- Osteosarcoma: Osteosarcoma, which arises from osteoid tissue in the bone. This tumor occurs most often in the knee and upper arm (1).
Malignant tumors that begin in bone tissue are called4
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- Source: NCI Cancer Glossary, National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH
- Source: Genetics Home Reference (GHR), National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH
- Source: GHR (NLM/NIH): ghr.nlm.nih.gov/ condition/ werner-syndrome
- Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ types/ bone/ bone-fact-sheet
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