How is Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease prevented?

Updated: Feb 19, 2019
  • Author: Francisco de Assis Aquino Gondim, MD, PhD, MSc, FAAN; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Inherited neuropathies cannot be prevented at present unless affected parents choose not to have children. Because CMT does not usually affect life span, intellect, or independent living, most patients have children. In the future, prenatal detection of a band 17p11.2 duplication could become available commercially. Because CMT1A occurs relatively frequently as a new mutation, it will remain a prevalent condition, even if affected patients have no children.


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