Posted By CCF neurology* on April 04, 1998 at 01:39:44:
In Reply to: CMT Type V posted by HM on April 02, 1998 at 20:39:38:
I have been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Type V (with spasticity).
I can find information on all CMT's except Type V.
Can you help, please?
CMT V is a disorder referred to as a hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy. It is characterized by peroneal muscle wasting and pyramidal signs. Onset is usually before age 20 years. The patient usually presents with difficulty walking. The syndrome clinically resembles CMT Types I and II with distal wasting and weakness involving the legs more than the arms. The tendon reflexes in the arms and knees tend to be increased (pyramidal sign) but are absent at the ankles. There tends to be increased stiffness (spascticty--also a pyramidal sign) and weakness in the proximal muscles (shoulders/thigh muscles) in 30% of patients. The disorder is hereditary (autosomal dominant) therefore, other members of the family should have the disorder as well. In general, it is slowly progressive and tends not to lead to severe disability. Good Luck.
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