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Glossary for Werner syndrome

  • Alopecia: Various types of hair loss or balding
  • Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a syndrome affecting arterial blood vessels. It is a chronic inflammatory response in the walls of arteries, in large part due to the accumulation of macrophage white blood cells and promoted by low density (especially small particle) lipoproteins (plasma proteins that carry cholesterol and triglycerides) without adequate removal of fats and cholesterol from the macrophages by functional high density lipoproteins (HDL). It is commonly referred to as a hardening or furring of the arteries. It is caused by the formation of multiple plaques within the arteries.
  • Beaked nose: A beaked nose is a nose that is protruding and hooks down toward the lips.
  • Cancer: Abnormal overgrowth of body cells.
  • Cataracts: Cloudy areas on the eye's cornea interfering with vision.
  • Diabetes: Failing or reduced ability of the body to handle sugars.
  • Genetic Disease: Any disease that is handed down to oneself through the chromosomes of ones parents
  • Hand symptoms: Symptoms affecting the hand
  • Heart disease: Any of various heart conditions.
  • Hypertension: High blood pressure
  • Infertility: The inability to produce offspring
  • Muscle weakness: A condition which is characterized by an inability of the muscles to function at their full strenght
  • Osteoporosis: Bone thinning and weakening from bone calcium depletion.
  • Premature aging: Where the aging processes of the body occur earlier than normal.
  • Premature aging conditions: Medical disorders involving premature aging of the body.
  • Short stature: A rare syndrome characterized mainly by the association of short stature, Pierre Robin sequence, cleft mandible, hand anomalies and clubfoot.
  • Small feet: Small feet are unusually little feet.
  • Stroke symptoms: Brain-related symptoms of bleeding or blockage.


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