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Clin Genet. 2016 Jan;89(1):34-43. doi: 10.1111/cge.12594. Epub 2015 Apr 29.

Diagnostic algorithms in Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathies: experiences from a German genetic laboratory on the basis of 1206 index patients.

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Institute of Human Genetics, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Aachen, Germany.
Friedrich-Baur-Institute, LMU Munich, Munich, Germany.
Institute of Medical Genetics and Human Genetics, Charité-University Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
Abteilung Neuropädiatrie, Medizinische Fakultät Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
Department of Neuropediatrics, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.
Medical Faculty, Institute of Human Genetics and Anthropology, Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Dr. v. Hauner Childrens Hospital, University of Munich, Munich, Germany.
Department of Neuropediatrics, Developmental Neurology and Social Pediatrics, University Essen, Essen, Germany.
SPZ Pediatric Neurology, Charité University Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
Institute of Human Genetics, University Essen, Essen, Germany.
Center for Children and Adolescent Medicine, University Clinic Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.


We present clinical features and genetic results of 1206 index patients and 124 affected relatives who were referred for genetic testing of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) neuropathy at the laboratory in Aachen between 2001 and 2012. Genetic detection rates were 56% in demyelinating CMT (71% of autosomal dominant (AD) CMT1/CMTX), and 17% in axonal CMT (24% of AD CMT2/CMTX). Three genetic defects (PMP22 duplication/deletion, GJB1/Cx32 or MPZ/P0 mutation) were responsible for 89.3% of demyelinating CMT index patients in whom a genetic diagnosis was achieved, and the diagnostic yield of the three main genetic defects in axonal CMT (GJB1/Cx32, MFN2, MPZ/P0 mutations) was 84.2%. De novo mutations were detected in 1.3% of PMP22 duplication, 25% of MPZ/P0, and none in GJB1/Cx32. Motor nerve conduction velocity was uniformly <38 m/s in median or ulnar nerves in PMP22 duplication, >40 m/s in MFN2, and more variable in GJB1/Cx32, MPZ/P0 mutations. Patients with CMT2A showed a broad clinical severity regardless of the type or position of the MFN2 mutation. Out of 75 patients, 8 patients (11%) with PMP22 deletions were categorized as CMT1 or CMT2. Diagnostic algorithms are still useful for cost-efficient mutation detection and for the interpretation of large-scale genetic data made available by next generation sequencing strategies.


CMT disease; electrophysiological classification; genetic diagnosis; genotype-phenotype correlation

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