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What is the difference between tremors and Parkinson's disease?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology
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In brief: Sign vs disease

Tremors are a symptom/sign that can have many potential causes.
Parkinson's is a disease due to a defined pathology (degenerative loss of Dopamine producing cells in the brain) that usually has a particular type of tremor as a symptom/sign. Essential tremor (aka familial benign tremor) is an even more common disorder than parkinson's, and it's tremor usually looks much different from pd tremor.

In brief: Sign vs disease

Tremors are a symptom/sign that can have many potential causes.
Parkinson's is a disease due to a defined pathology (degenerative loss of Dopamine producing cells in the brain) that usually has a particular type of tremor as a symptom/sign. Essential tremor (aka familial benign tremor) is an even more common disorder than parkinson's, and it's tremor usually looks much different from pd tremor.
Dr. Anthony Mosley
Dr. Anthony Mosley
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Dr. Clarence Watridge
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Symptoms

Resting tremor is a symptom of parkinsonism but tremors occur for other reasons.
Tremor is a symptom and parkinsonism is a diagnosis.

In brief: Symptoms

Resting tremor is a symptom of parkinsonism but tremors occur for other reasons.
Tremor is a symptom and parkinsonism is a diagnosis.
Dr. Clarence Watridge
Dr. Clarence Watridge
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In brief: Tremors not disease

Tremors occur secondarily to a variety of causes, including medications, thyroid problems, and a host of neurological mechanisms.
Parkinsonian tremors occur when arms sitting at rest, essential hereditary tremors when arms outstretched. The problems occur at different ages and have varying courses and prognosis.

In brief: Tremors not disease

Tremors occur secondarily to a variety of causes, including medications, thyroid problems, and a host of neurological mechanisms.
Parkinsonian tremors occur when arms sitting at rest, essential hereditary tremors when arms outstretched. The problems occur at different ages and have varying courses and prognosis.
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