Essential tremor

Common Name(s)

Essential tremor, Benign Essential Tremor Syndrome

Essential tremor is a disorder of the nervous system that causes involuntary, rhythmic shaking (tremor), especially in the hands. It involves tremor without any other signs or symptoms, and is distinguished from tremor that results from other disorders or known causes, such as tremors seen with Parkinson disease or head trauma.  Essential tremor (sometimes called benign essential tremor) is the most common of the more than 20 types of tremor. The causes of essential tremor are unknown. Several genes as well as environmental factors likely play a role in a person's risk of developing this complex condition.  In mild cases, treatment may not be necessary. In cases where symptoms interfere with daily living, medications may help to relieve symptoms.  

 

 

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Essential tremor" for support, advocacy or research.

International Essential Tremor Foundation

The International Essential Tremor Foundation is a worldwide organization that funds research to find the cause of essential tremor (ET) that will lead to better treatment and a cure, increases public awareness about ET, and provides educational materials, tools, and support for healthcare providers, the public, and those affected by ET.

Last Updated: 27 Dec 2012

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Following organizations serve the condition "Essential tremor" for support, advocacy or research.

International Essential Tremor Foundation

The International Essential Tremor Foundation is a worldwide organization that funds research to find the cause of essential tremor (ET) that will lead to better treatment and a cure, increases public awareness about ET, and provides educational materials, tools, and support for healthcare providers, the public, and those affected by ET.

www.essentialtremor.org

Last Updated: 27 Dec 2012

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General Resources

Essential Tremor Website

Online source of free educational materials, that include brochures, flyers, webinars, videos, physician referral and support.

Updated 27 Dec 2012

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Blogs

Tremor Talk Blog

Posting of brief entries, links to news, photos, and other conversation pieces to help keep those affected by ET informed of the latest happenings.

Updated 27 Dec 2012

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Essential tremor" returned 270 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Distinguishing the central drive to tremor in Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.
 

Author(s): John-Stuart Brittain, Hayriye Cagnan, Arpan R Mehta, Tabish A Saifee, Mark J Edwards, Peter Brown

Journal: J. Neurosci.. 2015 Jan;35(2):795-806.

 

Parkinson's disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET) are the two most common movement disorders. Both have been associated with similar patterns of network activation leading to the suggestion that they may result from similar network dysfunction, specifically involving the cerebellum. ...

Last Updated: 15 Jan 2015

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The prevalence of essential tremor in elderly Koreans.
 

Author(s): Eung Seok Oh, Jong-Min Kim, Young Eun Kim, Ji Young Yun, Ji Seon Kim, Sang Eun Kim, Seok Bum Lee, Jung Jae Lee, Joon Hyuk Park, Tae Hui Kim, Ki Woong Kim, Beom S Jeon

Journal: J. Korean Med. Sci.. 2014 Dec;29(12):1694-8.

 

Essential tremor (ET) is one of the most common movement disorders. The prevalence of ET varies substantially among studies. In Korea, there is no well-designed epidemiological study of the prevalence of ET. Thus, we investigated the prevalence of ET in a community in Korea. Standardized ...

Last Updated: 3 Dec 2014

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Mitochondrial serine protease HTRA2 p.G399S in a kindred with essential tremor and Parkinson disease.
 

Author(s): Hilal Unal Gulsuner, Suleyman Gulsuner, Fatma Nazli Mercan, Onur Emre Onat, Tom Walsh, Hashem Shahin, Ming K Lee, Okan Dogu, Tulay Kansu, Haluk Topaloglu, Bulent Elibol, Cenk Akbostanci, Mary-Claire King, Tayfun Ozcelik, Ayse B Tekinay

Journal: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.. 2014 Dec;111(51):18285-90.

 

Essential tremor is one of the most frequent movement disorders of humans and can be associated with substantial disability. Some but not all persons with essential tremor develop signs of Parkinson disease, and the relationship between the conditions has not been clear. In a six-generation ...

Last Updated: 24 Dec 2014

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The terms "Essential tremor" returned 28 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Neuroimaging essentials in essential tremor: a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Sarvi Sharifi, Aart J Nederveen, Jan Booij, Anne-Fleur van Rootselaar

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Essential tremor is regarded to be a disease of the central nervous system. Neuroimaging is a rapidly growing field with potential benefits to both diagnostics and research. The exact role of imaging techniques with respect to essential tremor in research and clinical practice is ...

Last Updated: 28 Jul 2014

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MR-guided focused ultrasound: a new generation treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and neuropathic pain.
 

Author(s): Pawel Piotr Dobrakowski, Agnieszka Kamila Machowska-Majchrzak, Beata Labuz-Roszak, Krzysztof Grzegorz Majchrzak, Ewa Kluczewska, Krystyna Barbara PierzchaƂa

Journal: Interv Neuroradiol. ;20(3):275-82.

 

The application of high intense focused ultrasound (HIFU) is currently the subject of many experimental and clinical trials. The combination of HIFU with MRI guidance known as MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) appears to be particularly promising to ablate tissues located deep ...

Last Updated: 30 Jun 2014

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Essential tremor: from bedside to bench and back to bedside.
 

Author(s): Elan D Louis

Journal: Curr. Opin. Neurol.. 2014 Aug;27(4):461-7.

 

The last several years have witnessed a remarkable increase in research on essential tremor, with consequent advances in our understanding of this entity. An attempt to both summarize and frame this work has not been undertaken.

Last Updated: 3 Jul 2014

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Essential Tremor and Parkinsonian Tremor
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Tremor; Essential Tremor; Parkinson Disease; Radiosurgery; Quality of Life

 

Last Updated: 1 Jun 2015

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Ethanol Response in Essential Tremor: Clinical and Neurophysiological Correlates
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Essential Tremor

 

Last Updated: 28 Mar 2015

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Demand-driven Management of Essential Tremor
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Essential Tremor

 

Last Updated: 9 May 2015

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