Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT)

Norton Children’s board-certified and fellowship-trained neurologists are the leading providers of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) care 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 have expertise in their fields and 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), allows us to have providers in a single clinic from multiple specialties, including neurology, pulmonary medicine, orthopedics, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

What is Charcot-Marie-Tooth?

Charcot-Marie-Tooth 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.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Diagnosis

Our team may order a complete neurologic exam that can show muscle weakness, muscle atrophy (shrinking), numbness, decreased reflexes and foot deformities. If team members suspect CMT, they 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. They also may order genetic tests (blood tests) to confirm the diagnosis.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Treatment

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.

Also part of the University of Louisville, Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic

Debbie Gilbert, family advocate
Brittany Hornickel, nurse coordinator
Teresa Javier, Speech therapist
Paula Johnson, APRN, child neurologist
Lynn Lukins, physical therapist
Hannah Ragan, occupational therapist
Leah Todd, social worker
Jessica Waits, Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic coordinator

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