Patient EducationSep | 2 | 2019
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, also known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome, is an inherited group of disorders that cause nerves to malfunction in your feet, legs, hands, and arms. CMT disease affects both your motor nerves (nerves that carry signals from your brain to your muscles, telling them to move) and sensory nerves (nerves that carry sensations such as heat, cold, and pain to your brain). Symptoms of the disease normally begin in adolescence and gradually worsen over your lifetime, resulting in:
Charcot-Marie-Tooth is not a fatal disease, and most people live to a normal age and remain active.