Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease


Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, also known as Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy (HMSN),is a group of progressive hereditary nerve disorders associated with defective production of proteins in peripheral nerves or myelin.

The disease is typically inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion, and the most common CMT1A subtype is caused by a duplication of PMP22.

Clinical findings include sensory and motor deficits, as well as foot deformities including hammer toe, pes cavus (high-arched foot), pes planus (flat foot), and foot drop. Nerve damage and resulting muscle atrophy can lead to an “inverted bottle” or “stork leg” appearance of the lower extremities.

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