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What are the symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease?
The neuropathy of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease affects both motor and sensory nerves. (Motor nerves cause muscles to contract and control voluntary muscle activity such as speaking, walking, breathing, and swallowing.) A typical feature includes
Onset of symptoms is most often in adolescence or early adulthood, but some individuals develop symptoms in mid-adulthood. The severity of symptoms varies greatly among individuals and even among family members with the disease. Progression of symptoms is gradual. Pain can range from mild to severe, and some people may need to rely on foot or leg braces or other orthopedic devices to maintain mobility. Although in rare cases, individuals may have respiratory muscle weakness, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is not considered a fatal disease and people with most forms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease have a normal life expectancy.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/23/2015
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