, also known as progeria, is a condition that causes premature ageing and puts the person at an increased risk of cancer and other diseases. It is a hereditary disease and the signs usually occur during the teenage years. The affected person does not have the usual growth that a typical teenager should have; they are shorter on average.
Being a genetic condition, Werner syndrome can passed from generation to generation in a family. The condition occurs when there is a change in the WRN gene. Not much is known about Werner syndrome and research is going on to dig out more information.
As the disease progresses, affected individuals may develop disorders of ageing in early life such as:
Other features seen in Werner syndrome:
International Registry of Werner Syndrome has proposed guidelines for the diagnosis of this disease. The process involves clinical and radiologic findings. Due to technological advancements, the doctors can now even track the mutations in the WRN gene.
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