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

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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.

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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.

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Essential tremor" returned 373 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Essential Tremor.
 

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Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2018 Aug;379(6):595-597.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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A digital assessment system for evaluating kinetic tremor in essential tremor and Parkinson's disease.
 

Author(s): Po-Chieh Lin, Kai-Hsiang Chen, Bing-Shiang Yang, Yu-Jung Chen

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Spiral drawing on papers is a common tremor evaluation tool for diagnosing patients with essential tremor (ET) or Parkinson's disease (PD). No standard drawing methods and parameters that use graphic tablets are yet available for objective evaluation.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The effects of Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation on speech dynamics in patients with Essential Tremor: An articulographic study.
 

Author(s): Doris Mücke, Anne Hermes, Timo B Roettger, Johannes Becker, Henrik Niemann, Till A Dembek, Lars Timmermann, Veerle Visser-Vandewalle, Gereon R Fink, Martine Grice, Michael T Barbe

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Acoustic studies have revealed that patients with Essential Tremor treated with thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) may suffer from speech deterioration in terms of imprecise oral articulation and reduced voicing control. Based on the acoustic signal one cannot infer, however, whether ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Essential tremor" returned 39 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Essential tremor.
 

Author(s): Lorraine N Clark, Elan D Louis

Journal: Handb Clin Neurol. 2018 ;147():229-239.

 

Essential tremor (ET) is one of the most common neurologic disorders, and genetic factors are thought to contribute significantly to disease etiology. There has been a relative lack of progress in understanding the genetic etiology of ET. This could reflect a number of factors, including ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Is there a Premotor Phase of Essential Tremor?
 

Author(s): Abhishek Lenka, Julian Benito-León, Elan D Louis

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Essential tremor (ET) is the most common tremor disorder. In addition to its hallmark feature, kinetic tremor of the upper limbs, patients may have a number of non-motor symptoms and signs (NMS). Several lines of evidence suggest that ET is a neurodegenerative disorder and certain ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The Olivary Hypothesis of Essential Tremor: Time to Lay this Model to Rest?
 

Author(s): Elan D Louis, Abhishek Lenka

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Although essential tremor (ET) is the most common tremor disorder, its pathogenesis is not fully understood. The traditional model of ET, proposed in the early 1970s, posited that the inferior olivary nucleus (ION) was the prime generator of tremor in ET and that ET is a disorder ...

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Demand-driven Management of Essential Tremor
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Essential Tremor

 

Last Updated: 10 May 2018

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A Phase 2 RCT Study of CX-8998 for Essential Tremor
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Essential Tremor

 

Last Updated: 2 Jan 2018

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Staged Bilateral Exablate Treatment of Medication Refractory Essential Tremor
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Essential Tremor

 

Last Updated: 22 May 2018

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