Quick Facts about Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
- US prevalence is ~1 in 2500, or 130,000 individuals.
- Virtually all cases are inherited.
- There is no cure for the disease; patients may be managed with supportive therapy.
- It is rarely life-threatening, and muscles for vital functions are not typically implicated.
- Common early symptoms include weakness or paralysis of the foot and lower leg muscles.
- Nerve pain may range from mild to severe.
- Some patients may need foot/leg braces or other orthopedic devices.