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Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease


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Can Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease cause a paralyzed vocal fold or a paralyzed laryngeal nerve?

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Can Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease cause a paralyzed vocal fold or a paralyzed laryngeal nerve?

Yes. Vocal cord involvement can occur in rare forms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.[1][2] Occasionally people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2 have vocal cord or phrenic nerve involvement which may result in difficulty with speech and breathing.[2]
Last updated: 2/12/2009

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Other Names for this Disease
  • CMT
  • Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy
  • HMSN
  • Charcot Marie Tooth disease
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