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.

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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 350 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Differential diagnosis between Parkinson's disease and essential tremor using the smartphone's accelerometer.
 

Author(s): Sergi Barrantes, Antonio J Sánchez Egea, Hernán A González Rojas, Maria J Martí, Yaroslau Compta, Francesc Valldeoriola, Ester Simo Mezquita, Eduard Tolosa, Josep Valls-Solè

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The differential diagnosis between patients with essential tremor (ET) and those with Parkinson's disease (PD) whose main manifestation is tremor may be difficult unless using complex neuroimaging techniques such as 123I-FP-CIT SPECT. We considered that using smartphone's accelerometer ...

Last Updated: 25 Aug 2017

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[Essential tremor in endemic disease control agents exposed to pesticides: a case-control study].
 

Author(s): Marlos Fábio Alves de Azevedo, Armando Meyer

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Tremor is the most frequent movement disorder in the population and can be associated with pesticide exposure. The aim was to assess the odds of essential tremor in 442 endemic disease control agents in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, exposed to pesticides. Fifty-one cases and 204 controls ...

Last Updated: 23 Aug 2017

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The differentiated networks related to essential tremor onset and its amplitude modulation after alcohol intake.
 

Author(s): David J Pedrosa, Christian Nelles, Peter Brown, Lukas J Volz, Esther A Pelzer, Marc Tittgemeyer, John-Stuart Brittain, Lars Timmermann

Journal: Exp. Neurol.. 2017 Nov;297():50-61.

 

The dysregulation of endogenous rhythms within brain networks have been implicated in a broad range of motor and non-motor pathologies. Essential tremor (ET), classically the purview of a single aberrant pacemaker, has recently become associated with network-level dysfunction across ...

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2017

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Essential tremor" returned 31 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Does non-invasive brain stimulation reduce essential tremor? A systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Nyeonju Kang, James H Cauraugh

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Essential tremor (ET) is the most common age-related disease leading to abnormal tremulous behaviors in the upper and lower extremities. Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) may be an effective ET therapy by modulating the oscillating network of the brain. The current systematic ...

Last Updated: 28 Sep 2017

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Non-motor symptoms in essential tremor: A review of the current data and state of the field.
 

Author(s): Elan D Louis

Journal: Parkinsonism Relat. Disord.. 2016 Jan;22 Suppl 1():S115-8.

 

The motor features of essential tremor (ET) include its hallmark element, kinetic tremor, yet non-motor features are increasingly being recognized as an accompanying part of what was previously viewed as a solely motor disorder. Given the evolving state of the ET field with respect ...

Last Updated: 26 Nov 2015

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Essential Tremor: A Common Disorder of Purkinje Neurons?
 

Author(s): Elan D Louis

Journal: Neuroscientist. 2016 Apr;22(2):108-18.

 

Essential tremor (ET) is one of the most common neurological diseases, with an estimated 7 million affected individuals in the United States. Postmortem studies in the past few years have resulted in new knowledge as well as a new formulation of disease pathophysiology. This new formulation ...

Last Updated: 17 Mar 2016

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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: 24 May 2017

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Responsive Deep Brain Stimulator for Essential Tremor
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Essential Tremor

 

Last Updated: 12 Oct 2017

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

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Essential Tremor

 

Last Updated: 12 Oct 2017

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