Neonatal progeroid syndrome
Type of disease: Rare conditions
Neonatal progeroid syndrome is a premature aging syndrome in which features of human aging are apparent at birth, including larger than nomal sized head; prominent scalp veins; triangular, aged face; wrinkled skin; and decreased fat under the skin. This differentiates this syndrome from other premature aging syndromes such as HutchinsonÐGilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) (more commonly called progeria) in which characteristics of premature aging typically become apparent some time after birth. Although the exact cause of neonatal progeroid syndrome is unknown, it is believed to be genetic and inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion. Treatment is based on the individual’s specific symptoms.Source: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), supported by ORDR-NCATS and NHGRI.