Dr. Glenn Pfeffer Answers All Your Questions About CMT foot surgery

The CMTA hosted a very informative talk on Zoom in September, 2020 to the CMT community featuring well-known orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Glenn Pfeffer. I’ve transcribed this talk for you! Enjoy! Elizabeth Ouellette: Welcome Dr. Glenn Pfeffer.  Dr. Pfeffer is the Director of the Foot and Ankle Surgical Program at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. I can’t […]

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Never Say Never: How an Ebike Rocked Our World

The training wheels came off my own bike so long ago; I’d forgotten the emotions, challenges and vulnerable feelings of trying to balance on two wheels for a few pedal strokes without crashing to the ground. In fact, I had always taken riding a bike for granted until my 5 year-old son, Yohan, attempted to […]

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September is CMT Awareness Month: New Quiz for 2020!

How much do you know about CMT? Take the quiz to find out and let us know how you did! Answers at the end. Good luck! For more information on CMT, CMTA or CMTA STAR research, please visit: http://www.cmtausa.org *Denotes explanation at the bottom of page. 1) CMT is a genetically heterogeneous disorder. What does […]

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Give More Out Of Life!

Over the past 20 years, I’ve gotten to know many people from all all over the world who are interlinked by one common denominator – CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease. Despite cultural, social and economic differences, they share a common story, one which includes nerve degeneration, weakened leg/arm muscles, drop foot, claw toes, hand contractures, tremor, […]

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HNPP – The Latest

HEREDITARY NEUROPATHY WITH LIABILITY TO PRESSURE PALSIES Jun Li, MD, PhD Professor and Chairman of Neurology Wayne State University School of Medicine Detroit Michigan Nerve tissues that reside in the skull and spinal canal make up the Central Nervous System (CNS). The CNS extends numerous nerve fibers out of the space of the skull and […]

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NCS VS EMG: What’s Needed for a CMT Diagnosis

Ask an Expert I’m confused about the difference between electromyograms (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS)—can you please explain? Dr. Richard A. Lewis* answers: EMG, which stands for electromyogram (“myo”= muscle), is the term used for electrodiagnostic tests (EDX) for neuromuscular disorders. The total EDX includes both nerve conduction studies (NCS) and needle EMG. Depending […]

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Honoring Vicki Pollyea: A Woman of Great Strength, Courage and Conviction

Vicki Pollyea – October 27, 1956 – September 15, 2019 When I first met Vicki over 12 years ago, she was the leader for the Tampa CMTA/MDA branch, the largest CMT group in the country. We hit it off immediately, and I knew she’d be a forever friend, and I was right. Over the years, […]

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CMTA’s Gene Therapy Program Focused on Treatments for CMT

This is a transcript of the CMTA’s recent STAR gene therapy webinar. CMTA Board Chairman Gilles Bouchard begins by giving an overview of CMTA’s research initiative – STAR (Strategy to Accelerate Research), followed by an in-depth review of our gene therapy program by Drs. John Svaren and Kleopas Kleopa, members of our Scientific Advisory Board. […]

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Are tremors a symptom of CMT? If so, will everyone in my family have tremors if I do?

Tremors are fairly common in people with CMT, and can intensify when the person is nervous, cold or tired. CMT expert neurologist, Dr Richard Lewis writes, “Clinically, when someone has CMT and a tremor, they sometimes call this Roussy-Levy Syndrome. Tremors are thought to occur because of decreased sensory input to the brain about where […]

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Can CMT affect the thigh muscles?

Question: I have CMT and had foot reconstruction surgery last month. While in the cast and recovering I have been even more aware than ever of the muscle deficit in my other leg. That leg has had several knee surgeries through the past 20 years. Each time I had knee surgery, my quadriceps muscles have […]

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Ulcers & CMT

I have an ulcer on my foot that will not heal. Is this typical of CMT? Dr. Joseph Gregory Stilwell, DPM writes: Yes,ulcers can be quite common with CMT. Oftentimes because a bone is prominent, and taking excess pressure- irritation occurs.  Then, with decreased sensation and other changes in the skin along with possible diminished […]

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