CMT Clinic

What is Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

Charcot Marie Tooth Disease also known as CMT or hereditary neuropathy, is a group of disorders all characterized by progressive muscle weakness and/ or sensory loss. These may present either in childhood or in the early adult years The disorder affects the peripheral nerves and the longest nerves, those to the feet, are generally affected earliest, with later involvement of the hands. Patients may experience high arches and hammer toes (due to weakness of the muscles of the feet), foot drop (due to weakness of the ankle) and loss of dexterity in the hands. Patients with certain types of CMT may also have speech, vision or hearing difficulties.

The CMT Clinic at UI Health, created in partnership with the Charcot Marie Tooth Association (CMTA) directed by Dr. Charles Abrams, brings together a team of medical professionals to meet with and treat patients in one setting, all in one day. The multidisciplinary approach allows our patients to not only have an opportunity to discuss their medical needs with a neuromuscular specialist and  with a comprehensive team of medical professionals who are well versed in CMT, including genetic counselors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, orthotists, dietitians, social workers, and nurses. The clinic team provides important medical care for patients and keeps them updated on the latest research and treatment landscape while also helping them in the management of their disease in a supportive, specialized, collaborative environment. The CMT Clinic sees patients the first and third Thursday of each month from 1 to 5 pm. To schedule an appointment, please call 312.996.4780.

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Our program is composed of a multidisciplinary team of experts working together to provide each patient with the personalized care they need.

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