Norton Children’s board-certified and fellowship-trained neurologists are the leading providers of care for children with neuromuscular disorders, including Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, in Louisville, Kentucky, and Southern Indiana.
Norton Children’s Hospital is the pediatric teaching hospital for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Our physicians are training the next generation of pediatric specialists.
We’ll determine the severity of your child’s CMT and create a treatment plan that minimizes risk, so your child can get back to being a kid.
Our multidisciplinary team, in partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), sees patients in a single clinic for multiple specialties, including neurology, pulmonology, orthopedics, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
What Is Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease?
CMT is a genetic disorder that affects nerves in the arms and legs. Symptoms can include weakness, muscle atrophy (shrinking), numbness in the hands and feet, foot deformities (high arches) and scoliosis. There are many forms of CMT. Symptoms can start at birth or occur through adulthood. Progression typically is slow. Symptom severity may be mild to severe.
Our team may order a complete neurological exam that can show muscle weakness, muscle atrophy (shrinking), numbness, decreased reflexes and foot deformities. If we suspect CMT, we may order electromyography with nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCS). This test helps to study how well signals are being carried by the nerves in the arms and legs. We also may order genetic tests (blood tests) to confirm the diagnosis.
No treatments currently are available to slow or stop the progression of CMT. Physical therapy is important to help maintain strength and full range of motion of the joints. Sometimes nerve pain is part of the disease. Our team members may prescribe medications to help treat this.