The Cryptid Sloth is your one-stop source for all things Charcot Marie Tooth disease. Home to The Cryptid Sloth blog and podcast, we also house a comprehensive collection of all the hard to find information and knowledgebase that our founder, Kenneth Raymond, wishes there had been access to when he was first diagnosed with CMT in 2002.
The Cryptid Sloth is dedicated to bringing you content on a range of Charcot Marie Tooth disease topics. From the latest research updates, to raising awareness for this rare disease, to what life is like living with CMT, and everything in between, our goal is to engage you in thought-provoking, informative, and immersive articles, stories, and news. What is this thing called, “CMT,” though?
CMT is an acronym for Charcot Marie Tooth disease. So named for the three physicians who first described it, Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893), Pierre Marie (1853-1940), and Howard Henry Tooth (1856-1925), CMT is, at its core definition, a genetic polyneuropathy of the Peripheral Nervous System. For conversation purposes, CMT is typically referred to as a genetic neuromuscular disease. CMT is understood to affect 1:2500 people, or about 0.04% of the population. Because CMT is caused by a gene mutation, CMT is inheritable.
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CMT is the world’s most commonly inherited neuromuscular disease. How CMT is inherited and the chances of inheriting CMT are both determined by the specific genetic mutation. Currently, there are about 100 different gene mutations identified to cause CMT. Each gene mutation accounts for a specific subtype. CMT can affect everybody differently, and even within the same family. To date, there are no known treatments and there is no known cure.
The Resources page provides links to additional resources and information, including to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth association. The Types page is the internet’s most comprehensive single-location list of the known subtypes of CMT, and each is linked to additional information about the particular subtype. The What Is CMT? page provides a comprehensive overview of what CMT is, how it’s diagnosed, and how it’s treated. The Blog page is, of course, where The Cryptid Sloth blog lives, and the Podcast page is where the podcast lives. There’s even a Common Words and Phrases page where words and phrases that commonly appear within CMT discussions are explained and defined, so that you don’t have to scour the internet to look up words and phrases. Make sure to stop by the Bio page to meet The Cryptid Sloth.
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