Tests and diagnosisBy Mayo Clinic staff
Doctors may suspect progeria based on signs and symptoms such as:
- Failure to grow
- Hair loss
To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor will order:
- Genetic testing. A genetic test for LMNA mutations can confirm the diagnosis of progeria.
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