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Charcot- marie Tooth Disease

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Sheridan Barrington

on 4 January 2013

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Alternate Medicines: Charcot- marie tooth disease (CMT) is a group of inherited disorders of the nerves in the peripheral nervous system. Desciption: 1 in every 3,300 people are affected by CMT. Prevalence: What are the causes? CMT is caused by a mutation in any one # of genes that carry the instructions for how the body grows. Ways to Diagnose: CMT is diagnosed according to the symptoms. Pain killing drugs can be prescirbed for individulas with severe pain Sheridan Barrington and Allison Mixon Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease Who's Affected? Young children through 50 year old adults. Who carries the gene? The gene can be carried by both parents but an affected father will not pass the gene on to any of his sons. However, his daughters may be affected. Symptoms: Usually begin at age 20
Not being able to tell if something is hot or cold
Difficulties with balance
Weakness of the lower legs and feet
Foot abnormalities like curled toes and high arches
Difficult to flex the foot or walk
Problems rarely require a wheelchair Treatments: There is no found cure, but physical thearapy, occupational therapy, braces, and orthopedic devices can help with the coping process. Famous People with CMT: Julie Newmar ( Catwoman ) Works Cited "Charcot--Marie--Tooth disease." Karen M. Krajewski, MS, CGC. The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders. Ed. Laurie Fundukian. 3rd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2010. 2 vols. <http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/HWRC/hits?r=d&origSearch=true&rlt=1&o=&bucket=ref&n=10&l=d&basicSearchOption=KE&items=0&tcit=1_1_0_1_0_1&c=1&docNum=DU2699002065&sgPhrase=true&locID=lafa40399&secondary=false&t=RK&s=1&SU=charcot%20marie%20tooth%20disease> "Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Fact Sheet." National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (2011): n.pag. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Web. 13 Dec 2012.
<http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/charcot_marie_tooth/detail_charcot_marie_tooth.htm>. "Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease." U.S. National Library of Medicine (2012): n.pag. Genetics Home Reference. Web. 13 Dec 2012. <http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/charcot-marie-tooth-disease>.
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