Charcot-Tooth-Marie (CMT) Clinic
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is a common inherited neurological condition that can affect your quality of life. But with specialized care from Cedars-Sinai, it doesn't have to slow you down.
Cedars-Sinai is among a handful of nationally recognized Charcot-Marie-Tooth programs in the country. Our renowned specialists deliver advanced treatments that help you get pain relief and prevent complications. Many of our patients lead full lives that include going to school or work, being physically active and participating in social activities.
The CMT Center of Excellence at Cedars-Sinai: Why Choose Us?
You receive care from a team of highly skilled CMT specialists, including pediatric and adult neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons and therapists. We coordinate the therapies that are right for you.
Highlights of our program include:
Cedars-Sinai is home to specialists with years of CMT experience. Some of our doctors are nationally recognized leaders in their field. Their research has led to groundbreaking discoveries. Our doctors also excel in delivering sophisticated treatments and have a reputation for superior results. Meet our expert team.
Our commitment to high care standards has earned Cedars-Sinai recognition from the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association as a Center of Excellence. We are one of only a few programs in California with this designation.
Broad Range of Treatments
We help many patients feel better with nonsurgical treatments, including the latest foot-bracing techniques. Orthotists are specialists who find the best brace and fit for your needs. For stubborn symptoms, reconstructive foot surgery helps many people stand, walk and run without pain.
Testing may uncover genetic problems (mutations) that are causing your symptoms. Our team includes a genetic counselor with years of CMT experience who explains your results and helps you make important care decisions. Read more about genetic counseling.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Research at Cedars-Sinai
Our CMT experts are also advancing treatments and outcomes through research. We have uncovered some of the basic biologic processes that lead to CMT and other neuromuscular disorders. Our ongoing efforts are paving the way for new treatments and care techniques.
Cedars-Sinai is also leading a long-term research effort to learn more about how CMT progresses.
Foot Reconstruction for Advanced CMT Symptoms
Sometimes, foot problems continue to worsen, even with bracing and physical therapy. At Cedars-Sinai, you are not out of options. Our team includes one of the country's foremost CMT orthopaedic surgeons—who is an expert in reconstructive surgery.
During reconstructive surgery, we repair the foot bones and muscles so that your feet do not turn inward. We also fix abnormally high arches and misshapen toes. This treatment restores flexibility and balance for natural foot movements without pain.
Specialized Care for CMT Breathing Problems
CMT can damage nerves that communicate with your diaphragm. This muscle at the top of your abdomen helps you exhale. When it's not working properly, you can't clear gases such as carbon dioxide from your lungs. Buildups can cause headaches and affect brain functioning.
Our team includes a breathing specialist (pulmonologist) who focuses on neurologic and diaphragm disorders. We may recommend a machine to regulate breathing patterns. We conduct tests and assessments to detect subtle breathing changes. Our attention to your needs enables us to provide the best therapy options for you.
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic
Living with CMT can be challenging. Experts at Cedars-Sinai are here to help. At our MDA clinic, you receive coordinated care and support from multiple specialists in one visit.
You may benefit from the MDA clinic if you need help coping with changes in your symptoms or assistance planning for future care needs.