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Orthopedics. 1988 May;11(5):763-9.

The musculoskeletal manifestations of progeria. A literature review.

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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia 19104.


Although a superficial similarity exists between the musculoskeletal disorders associated with natural aging and those of progeria, an in-depth analysis reveals profound differences in the pathophysiology between the two processes. The protean manifestations of progeria can best be explained on the basis of the vascular changes found at autopsy. A disorder of the vascular endothelium may predispose progeric vessels to atherosclerotic changes. The unique musculoskeletal manifestations of progeria arise from the effects of premature atherosclerosis on the vascularized connective tissues.

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