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Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is a group of disorders that affect the peripheral nerves, the nerves running from outside the brain and spine. Defects in many different genes cause different forms of this disease. Common symptoms may include foot drop, foot deformity, loss of lower leg muscle, numbness in the foot or leg, “slapping" gait (feet hit the floor hard when walking), and weakness of the hips, legs, or feet. There is currently no cure for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, but physical therapy, occupational therapy, braces and other orthopedic devices, pain medication, and orthopedic surgery can help manage and improve symptoms.
There are over 40 types of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. You can search for more information on a particular type of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease from the GARD Home page. Enter the name of the condition in the GARD search box, and then select the type from the drop down menu.
Source: GARD Last updated on 05-01-20
An unknown % of people have these symptoms.
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|Abnormality of the hand|
|Abnormal auditory evoked potentials|
|Delayed eruption of permanent teeth|
|Premature atrial contractions|
|Color vision defect|
|Segmental peripheral demyelination/remyelination|
|Talipes cavus equinovarus|
|Abnormality of visual evoked potentials|
|Autosomal recessive inheritance|
|Decreased nerve conduction velocity|
|Distal muscle weakness|
|Distal sensory impairment|
|Intraaxonal accumulation of curvilinear autofluorescent lipopigment storage material|
|Onion bulb formation|
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