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    ABSTRACT: Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT) encompasses the inherited peripheral neuropathies. While four genes have been found to cause over 90 % of genetically identifiable causes of CMT (PMP22, GJB1, MPZ, MFN2), at least 51 genes and loci have been found to cause CMT when mutated, creating difficulties for clinicians to find a genetic subtype for families. Here, the classic features of CMT as well as characteristic features of the most common subtypes of CMT are described, as well as methods for narrowing down the possible subtypes. Psychosocial concerns particular to the CMT population are identified. This is the most inclusive publication for CMT-specific genetic counseling.
    Journal of Genetic Counseling 04/2013; · 1.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The prevalence of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease or hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN) varies in different populations. While in some countries of Western Europe, the United States and Japan the dominant form of HMSN is the most frequent, in other countries such as those of the Mediterranean Basin, the autosomal recessive form (AR-CMT) is more common. Autosomal recessive CMT cases are generally characterized by earlier onset, usually before the age of 2 or 3 years, and rapid clinical progression that results in severe polyneuropathy and more marked distal limb deformities such as pes equino-varus, claw-like hands, and often major spinal deformities. Recent clinical, morphological and molecular investigations of CMT families with autosomal recessive inheritance allowed the identification of many genes such as GDAP1, MTMR2, SBF2, NDRG1, EGR2, SH3TC2, PRX, FGD4, and FIG4, implicated in demyelinating forms (ARCMT1 or CMT4), and LMNA, MED25, HINT1, GDAP1, LRSAM1, NEFL, HSPB1 and MFN2 in axonal forms (ARCMT2). However, many patients remain without genetic diagnosis to date, prompting investigations into ARCMT families in order to help discover new genes and common pathways. This review summarizes recent advances regarding the genotypes and corresponding phenotypes of AR-CMT.
    Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System 06/2013; 18(2):113-29. · 2.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is a heterogeneous group of inherited peripheral neuropathies in which the neuropathy is the sole or primary component of the disorder, as opposed to diseases in which the neuropathy is part of a more generalized neurologic or multisystem syndrome. Because of the great genetic heterogeneity of this condition, it can be challenging for the general neurologist to diagnose patients with specific types of CMT. This article reviews the biology of the inherited peripheral neuropathies, delineates major phenotypic features of the CMT subtypes, and suggest strategies for focusing genetic testing.
    Neurologic Clinics 05/2013; 31(2):597-619. · 1.34 Impact Factor

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