Reverse Benjamin Button Disease: What Is It & What Causes It?
Have you ever heard of the term or the movie name Benjamin Button?
Do you know about the disease called the Reverse Benjamin Button Disorder?
Have you ever seen a small or very young child look very old in appearance, and wondered what the condition could be?
If you would like to know a little more about the condition that can cause such sudden ageing in small or young children, today we are talking in detail about it. We first tell you why this condition is known as the Reverse Benjamin Button Disease, we talk about what causes it and what a person with the disease will look like and more about it that can help someone looking for more information about it.
We also talk about Progeria and whether or not it is an inherited disease, if it has any cure, and whether it is common or very rare.
Why is this sickness known as Reverse Benjamin Button Disease?
This condition is also known as the Reverse Benjamin Button Disease because it causes a condition in which the person ages, but in reverse, and very fast.
What is it and what does a person who has it look like?
A genetic mutation is the reason for causing Progeria, or Benjamin Button Disease.
Children who are affected with progeria will be born with regular features and nothing looks out of place. At the time of birth, these babies look outwardly healthy, and there is nothing visible that can immediately lead to a diagnosis of progeria.
However, as the babies begin to grow, they start showing classic symptoms of progeria in the first two years of life itself. Here are some of the most visual signs that can point towards progeria:
What is the Benjamin Button story, anyway?
Progeria is also nicknamed as the Benjamin Button disease because just as was mentioned in the story and was shown in the movie, a child who has progeria also starts to age, and the ageing process in this case is at least 10 times faster than in a person or child who does not have this disease. Because the character of Benjamin Button got so popular through the story and the movie, hence Progeria too is sometimes referred to as the Benjamin Button disease.
What causes Progeria?
It is believed that while progeria is caused by a gene mutation, it is possible that one parent has the mutation that eventually leads to progeria. However, it does not mean that the parent also has progeria. However, if there is one child in the family who does have progeria, there is a chance of about two to three percent that any other child being born in the family will also have progeria.
Is Progeria hereditary?
Yes, progeria can be passed on from a parent who has the particular gene problem to the child, but it does necessarily mean that the parent who has passed it on also has progeria. Also, a parent who actually has Progeria or Reverse Benjamin Button Disease can pass it on to their child.
Progeria Symptoms & Effects
Children who have this condition look aged from the outside, but because their body actually goes through the effects of ageing, they start experiencing other health issues as well, such as the following:
Is this disease treatable? Can someone die from this?
Unfortunately, there is no medication or cure for progeria. However, using other means of treatment such as physical therapy and occupational therapy can definitely help to improve the quality of life.
Because the body tends to age really fast than the rate at which it normally would, the many functions and organs give way, and the person suffering from it dies much before they would otherwise if they did not have the disease.
How many people out there have this disease? Is this a rare disorder?
This is a very rare type of disorder that does not affect a lot of people. In fact, from the year 1886, only about 130 people have been known to have been diagnosed with progeria.