There is some uncertainty about whether I have CMT

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Disclaimer: Please note that HNF does not endorse any specific genetic testing labs. Those mentioned in this breakdown do not include every genetic testing lab that has hereditary neuropathy panels.

This resource was created by Tara Jones, LCGC, member of our TRIAD Council and genetic counselor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Tara would like to report that she owns stock in Invitae and Myriad Women’s Health, genetic testing companies.

I have had Genetic Testing

Next Steps?

1. There are people who were told they had CMT by multiple providers, who do not actually have a hereditary neuropathy.

2. Be sure that you have a copy of your own genetic report.

A genetic report will look like a lab report and include the date of order, date of collection, date of report, ordering provider, and name of the genetic testing lab.

If you do not have a copy of your report, it is easiest for you to go directly to the lab the test was sent to. *HINT* If you received your testing before 2009, the lab your testing was sent to was probably Athena Diagnostics. You can call the lab to find out how to obtain a copy of your report.

3. Learn about how to understand your genetic report by watching this video.

  • If your results were positive, you probably have CMT if the inheritance pattern and nerve conduction pattern match up.
  • If your results were negative, you might still have CMT, or you might not.
  • If your results were uncertain, you might still have CMT, or you might not.
    - It may help to have relatives with and without symptoms be tested to determine if the uncertain genetic change is tracking with disease or not.
  • To confirm in either case, you should seek evaluation by a neurologist at a HNF Center of Excellence to confirm if you have CMT or another form of peripheral neuropathy.
  • If you have ever had a nerve conduction study/electromyography (NCS/EMG), be sure to locate a copy of your report to bring to your neurology visit. The NCS/EMG is a procedure where the electrophysiologist places electrodes and/or needles along various points in your arms and legs to determine if electrical impulses are properly being read and processed by your nerves and/or muscles. If you have not had this test, it might be necessary in order for the neurologist to give a definitive diagnosis.