Adult Summary Report Secondary Findings in Adult Subjects Non-diagnostic, excludes newborn screening & prenatal testing/screening A Current Version Rule-Out Dashboard Release History Status (Adult): Passed (Consensus scoring is Complete)

Condition: DNM2-Related Intermediate Charcot-Marie-Tooth Neuropathy
Narrative Description of Evidence
1. What is the nature of the threat to health for an individual carrying a deleterious allele?
Prevalence of the Genetic Disorder
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) hereditary neuropathy is the most common genetic cause of neuropathy. Estimates of the prevalence of CMT range from 9.7/100,000 in Serbia to 82.3/100,000 in Norway. DNM2-related intermediate Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy (DI-CMTB) is a rare cause of CMT. Up to 3.4% of CMT (in which CMT1A, 1B, and 1X have already been excluded) is caused by a DNM2 pathogenic variant.
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Clinical Features
(Signs / symptoms)
CMT hereditary neuropathy refers to a group of disorders characterized by a chronic motor and sensory polyneuropathy resulting from involvement of peripheral nerves and affecting the motor system and/or the sensory system. DI-CMTB is considered a “dominant intermediate form” of CMT neuropathy given its autosomal dominant inheritance and “intermediate” findings between a demyelinating and axonal neuropathy using electrophysiologic criteria using nerve conduction velocities. DI-CMTB has a classic, mild to moderately severe Charcot-Marie-Tooth hereditary neuropathy phenotype that often includes pes cavus foot deformity (high instep), depressed tendon reflexes, distal muscle weakness and atrophy, and sensory loss. Some individuals require braces or other walking aids and 3% of individuals with DI-CMTB become wheelchair bound. Other findings include asymptomatic neutropenia and early-onset cataracts (often noted in childhood before age 15 years).
It is usually not possible to differentiate between DI-CMTB, other intermediate forms of CMT, and most CMT2 types based on clinical findings, unless cataract and/or neutropenia (occasional findings in DI-CMTB) are present.
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Natural History
(Important subgroups & survival / recovery)
Individuals with CMT experience symmetric, slowly progressive distal motor neuropathy of the arms and legs usually beginning in the first to third decade. Age of onset varies greatly among affected individuals and ranges from age two to 50 years.
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2. How effective are interventions for preventing harm?
Information on the effectiveness of the recommendations below was not provided unless otherwise stated.
Patient Management
To establish the extent of disease and needs in an individual diagnosed with DI-CMTB, the following evaluations are recommended: neurological examination; electrophysiological studies to establish a baseline; complete blood count with absolute neutrophil count (to evaluate for neutropenia); ophthalmologic examination for cataract; and consultation with a medical geneticist and/or genetic counselor. (Tier 4)
No treatment reverses or slows the natural progression of DI-CMTB. Treatment of DI-CMTB is symptomatic and involves evaluation and management by a multidisciplinary team that includes neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical and occupations therapists. Due to the great phenotypic variability, disease treatment should be tailored to the individual’s needs. These treatments may include: ankle/foot orthoses; orthopedic surgery; forearm crutches/canes/wheelchairs; treatment of musculoskeletal pain with acetaminophen or NSAIDS; and career and employment counseling. (Tier 4)
Physical therapies such as stretching and exercise are recommended to prevent secondary complications such as foot contractures, acquired deformities, difficulty walking, and, in severe cases, inability to ambulate. (Tier 4)
A systematic review of exercise interventions for individuals with CMT (not DI-CMTB specifically) identified 9 studies of 134 individuals with CMT (3 randomized trials, 5 quasi-experimental, 1 case report). This review found that although benefits appear to be gained from exercise in strength and function in some studies, most outcomes reported were not statistically significant. The authors concluded that the optimal exercise modality and intensity for people with CMT, the clinical relevance of the changes observed, and the safety of exercise in these patients is still unclear. A review of four RCTs (149 patients with neuromuscular disease) found no benefit of any intervention for increasing ankle range of motion. (Tier 1)
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Preoperative assessment for co-morbidities and autonomic denervation is recommended. During surgical positioning, transport and mobilization, cautious positioning and protection of pressure points is recommended to avoid nerve compression. Neuromuscular block monitoring during surgery is also recommended. (Tier 4)
Surveillance includes regular evaluation by a multidisciplinary team to determine neurologic status and function disability. (Tier 4)
Circumstances to Avoid
Medications that are toxic or potentially toxic to persons with CMT comprise a spectrum of risk ranging from definite high risk to negligible risk. Vincristine and paclitaxel (chemotherapeutic agents) pose a definite high risk and should be avoided by all patients with CMT, including those who are asymptomatic; other medications may pose moderate to significant risk. (Tier 4)
Avoiding succinylcholine, a muscle relaxant used for anesthesia, is recommended. (Tier 4)
A review of case reports addressing CMT and toxic medication effects identified 22 reports (30 patients) addressing vincristine toxicity. 18 of 30 patients developed marked sensory symptoms or new onset weakness, with some developing dysarthria and dysphagia. Nearly all reports describe eventual improvement, but frequently not to baseline levels. These cases occurred in both adults (15) and children (15). Most individuals having a reaction were previously unsuspected or undiagnosed with CMT (26 of 30) and were only recognized following administration of vincristine; however, 10 cases, in retrospect, had overt clinical signs or a close relative with known CMT. A review of the CMT North American Database (including 209 individuals) identified 19 medications associated with clinical worsening. The majority of cases reviewed did not have information on genotype of CMT subtype; however, of those cases with identified subtypes the vast majority were CMT1A. (Tier 5)
Obesity should be avoided as it makes walking more difficult. (Tier 4)
3. What is the chance that this threat will materialize?
Mode of Inheritance
Autosomal Dominant
Prevalence of Genetic Mutations
Information on the prevalence of DNM2 pathogenic variants was not identified.
(Include any high risk racial or ethnic subgroups)
34 individuals were examined among a cohort of 6 families with an identified DNM2 pathogenic variant. The mean age of onset was 16 years, ranging from 2 to 50 years. Of the 34 family members with an identified DNM2 pathogenic variant, 32 had signs of neuropathy. Among the two individuals reporting no symptoms of neuropathy (aged 18 and 23), one had hematological abnormalities and cataracts, the second was found to have some mild features of CMT upon examination. Two families had associated neutropenia, and 1 family developed early-onset cataracts. (Tier 3)
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Relative Risk
(Include any high risk racial or ethnic subgroups)
No information on relative risk was identified.
Age of onset and symptoms can vary even within the same family. (Tier 3)
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4. What is the Nature of the Intervention?
Nature of Intervention
Potential interventions include examinations (physical exam, electrophysiological, ophthalmologic, family history, genetics consultation), physical therapy/stretching, and avoidance of certain medications.
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5. Would the underlying risk or condition escape detection prior to harm in the settting of recommended care?
Chance to Escape Clinical Detection
Evaluation may determine that one is affected but has escaped previous diagnosis because of failure by health care professionals to recognize the syndrome and/or a milder phenotypic presentation. (Tier 4)

Final Consensus Scores
Outcome / Intervention Pair
Nature of the
Demyelinating peripheral neuropathy / Regular medical evaluations
Not Scored
Demyelinating peripheral neuropathy / Avoidance of vincristine, paclitaxel, succinylcholine
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Description of sources of evidence:
Tier 1: Evidence from a systematic review, or a meta-analysis or clinical practice guideline clearly based on a systematic review.
Tier 2: Evidence from clinical practice guidelines or broad-based expert consensus with non-systematic evidence review.
Tier 3: Evidence from another source with non-systematic review of evidence with primary literature cited.
Tier 4: Evidence from another source with non-systematic review of evidence with no citations to primary data sources.
Tier 5: Evidence from a non-systematically identified source.
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