BEING DIAGNOSED WITH CHARCOT-MARIE-TOOTH DISEASE

For many people, the diagnosis of Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) comes as a complete shock.

CMT is a disease caused by genetic faults. In some cases they are inherited, in others the fault is a new mutation in the gene.

Different people respond in different ways to the news that they have CMT. There is no right or wrong way to respond. However part of your coping mechanism will probably be to gather information regarding your condition to help you understand its impact on your health and more broadly, your life.

This page aims to give you that initial information.

WHAT IS CMT?

ABOUT CMT   •   SYMPTOMS  •  GOOD NEWS

CMT is an inherited neurological disease, research indicates that as many as 1 in 2,500 people in Australia could have the disease.

The severity of the disease can vary a great deal from person to person.

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Pathways Telehealth Nurse

   •   available 4hrs/week  •  phone/online

Register online for your consultation here.
Or call 1300 75 50 50 – this is a central phone line where you can register with the Pathways receptionist for a nurse consultation. The receptionist will take down your name, phone number, email and ask a little about the help you are seeking. Make sure you mention that it’s about CMT. The service is available free of charge to both CMT Australia members and non-members.

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NEW DIAGNOSIS

WHAT TYPE   •   WHO CAN HELP

More than 100 different genes causing CMT have been identified and the list continues to grow. CMT can be divided into types and subtypes with different causes and effects.

Your GP, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists can help. A Genetic Counsellor is a good source of information.

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HAVE DIAGNOSIS, WHAT NEXT?

QUESTIONS   •   RESEARCH  •   KNOWLEDGE

How to find medical and allied health professionals to assist you, and how you can manage your CMT.

Will it impact other members of your family?

Are researchers close to finding a cure?

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USEFUL  LINKS

SUPPORT   •   RESEARCH   •   LIFESTYLE   •   THERAPY

Information to help manage your CMT

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LATEST NEWS FROM CMT AUST

FUNDRAISING  •  NEWS

Articles and news from CMT Australia including how you can help research into the disease by fund raising.

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