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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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.

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.

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

Long-term tremor therapy for Parkinson and essential tremor with sensor-guided botulinum toxin type A injections.
 

Author(s): Olivia Samotus, Jack Lee, Mandar Jog

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Current pharmacological agents used to treat Parkinson disease (PD) tremor and essential tremor (ET) provide suboptimal benefit and are commonly associated with significant adverse effects. Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) has been shown to be effective for wrist tremor though functionally ...

Last Updated: 6 Jun 2017

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A computerized tablet system for evaluating treatment of essential tremor by magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound.
 

Author(s): Fred Tam, Yuexi Huang, Michael L Schwartz, Tom A Schweizer, Kullervo Hynynen, Simon J Graham

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Transcranial magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound is an emerging technology under evaluation for treatment of essential tremor, a prevalent movement disorder. A qualitative evaluation is performed by a clinician periodically during the procedure to maximize treatment effects ...

Last Updated: 17 Apr 2017

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Increased risk of essential tremor in migraine: A population-based retrospective cohort study.
 

Author(s): Chi-Ieong Lau, Che-Chen Lin, Hsuan-Ju Chen, Han-Cheng Wang, Wei-Hung Chen, Ji-An Liang

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To examine the long-term risk of essential tremor (ET) in migraine.

Last Updated: 13 Mar 2017

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The terms "Essential tremor" returned 30 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Challenges in essential tremor genetics.
 

Author(s): L N Clark, E D Louis

Journal: Rev. Neurol. (Paris). ;171(6-7):466-74.

 

The field of essential tremor (ET) genetics remains extremely challenging. The relative lack of progress in understanding the genetic etiology of ET, however, does not reflect the lack of a genetic contribution, but rather, the presence of substantial phenotypic and genotypic heterogeneity. ...

Last Updated: 15 Jun 2015

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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: 7 Sep 2017

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

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Essential Tremor

 

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2017

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