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Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome or progeria was first discovered by DeBusk and the name was given by Hastings Gilford. Dyck et al reported a patient who had progeria and underwent coronary artery bypass surgery and percutaneous transluminal angioplasty.De Paula Rodrigues et al described the involvement of bones and joints in progeria patients. The word progeria is of greek origin which means prematurely old.

Historical Perspective


  • In 1886, Hutchinson is the to first to described the syndrome progeria.[1][2][3][4][5]
  • In 1972, progeria was renamed to “Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome” by DeBusk.
  • In 1904, the name to the disease as progeria was given by Hastings Gilford.
  • Jonathan Hutchinson previously mention the disease progeria disorder and written about progeria.
  • Paterson reported 2 cases of progeria in 2 brothers whose parents had a consanguineous marriage.

Famous Cases

The following are a few famous cases of progeria:

  1. Sam: Sam passed away on January 10, 2014. He was 17 years old.
    • "Life According to Sam" is a famous documentary about Sam condition
  2. Meghan Waldron: She is a senior in high school and lives with her family in Massachusetts.
  3. Megan: She is currently enrolled in the Lonafarnib Trial Extension/Expansion.
  4. Sammy: Sammy is 23 years old and is from Italy, In 2014 Sammy was featured in an Italian National Geographic Series, Il Viaggio Di Sammy.
  5. Adalia: She’s from Texas, this 12-year-old is widely known for her funny videos and special relationship with her mom, Natalia – her 14 million Facebook followers are proof of that.
  6. Brennan: Ten-year-old boy from New York. In July 2014, Brennen had his first Progeria Clinical Trial visit in Boston.
  7. Zoey: In July 2013 Zoey began taking lonafarnib as part of the Trial Expansion.
  8. Beandri: Beandri is 13 years old and from South Africa.
  9. Enzo: Enzo is a seven-year-old boy from Australia.
  10. Cameron: Cameron is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Life According to Sam
Life According to Sam a documentary on progeria . Pic courtesy By Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine,


  1. Panigrahi RG, Panigrahi A, Vijayakumar P, Choudhury P, Bhuyan SK, Bhuyan R; et al. (2013). "Hutchinson-gilford progeria syndrome: a rare genetic disorder". Case Rep Dent. 2013: 631378. doi:10.1155/2013/631378. PMC 3830809. PMID 24288630.
  2. Russo-Menna I, Arancibias C (2010). "The Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome: a case report". Minerva Anestesiol. 76 (2): 151–4. PMID 20150858.
  3. McKusick VA (2005). "The Gordon Wilson Lecture: The clinical legacy of Jonathan Hutchinson (1828-1913): syndromology and dysmorphology meet genomics". Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc. 116: 15–38. PMC 1473126. PMID 16555603.
  4. Chandravanshi SL, Rawat AK, Dwivedi PC, Choudhary P (2011). "Ocular manifestations in the Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome". Indian J Ophthalmol. 59 (6): 509–12. doi:10.4103/0301-4738.86327. PMC 3214428. PMID 22011502.
  5. Badame AJ (1989). "Progeria". Arch Dermatol. 125 (4): 540–4. PMID 2649013.

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