Updating the classification of inherited neuropathies: Results of an international survey

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Abstract

Objective

The continual discovery of disease-causing gene mutations has led to difficulties in the complex classification of Charcot-Marie-Tooth diseases (CMT) that needs to be revised.

Methods

We recently published a proposal to update the classification of inherited neuropathies. The reactions from colleagues prompted us to diffuse the proposal and ask people if they would be ready for such a change. We therefore performed an internet survey (from October 1, 2016, to December 1, 2016) that included more than 300 CMT worldwide specialists (practitioners and scientists) from various countries. A questionnaire (with proposals to update and simplify the way in which CMT is classified) was sent by e-mail to all participants in the last International Charcot-Marie-Tooth and Related Neuropathy Consortium meeting held in Venice, September 8–10, 2016 (as identified through an e-mail list).

Results

Of the 107 CMT specialists who answered the survey, 65% considered that changes are needed and that our proposals constituted an improvement over the historical classification of CMT.

Conclusions

Based on recent proposals in the medical literature, these results highlight that most specialists think that changes are needed to the classification of CMT.

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