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What is an essential tremor?
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Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: Movement Disorder
Essential tremor is a movement disorder that is characterized by a tremor when you try to do something.
This is in contrast to parkinson's disease, in which patients have a tremor at rest. Parkinson's disease also is marked by slowness of movement and stiffness.

In brief: Movement Disorder
Essential tremor is a movement disorder that is characterized by a tremor when you try to do something.
This is in contrast to parkinson's disease, in which patients have a tremor at rest. Parkinson's disease also is marked by slowness of movement and stiffness.
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Dr. Nader Pouratian
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Dr. Alon Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Plain old tremor
"essential" is a bad name.
It is used in medicine to describe a condition that "just is", i.e. Not caused by some other underlying disease. Example: "essential hypertension" is high blood pressure that "just is" (i.e. Run of the mill hi bp), not caused by a different disorder. Essential tremor is the common condition that often develops at older ages, of resting tremor usually involving hand.

In brief: Plain old tremor
"essential" is a bad name.
It is used in medicine to describe a condition that "just is", i.e. Not caused by some other underlying disease. Example: "essential hypertension" is high blood pressure that "just is" (i.e. Run of the mill hi bp), not caused by a different disorder. Essential tremor is the common condition that often develops at older ages, of resting tremor usually involving hand.
Dr. Alon Gitig
Dr. Alon Gitig
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In brief: Movement Disorder
A chronic progressive neurologic disease that may involve the arms neck chin and voice but rarely the legs.
It is present during movement and often with sustained posture and rarely at rest. The disorder is partly genetic. Symptoms increase with advancing age, most prevalent cases are >60 yrs. Initially the tremor may be mild and may not worsen for years.Treatment: beta blockers +/- primidone.

In brief: Movement Disorder
A chronic progressive neurologic disease that may involve the arms neck chin and voice but rarely the legs.
It is present during movement and often with sustained posture and rarely at rest. The disorder is partly genetic. Symptoms increase with advancing age, most prevalent cases are >60 yrs. Initially the tremor may be mild and may not worsen for years.Treatment: beta blockers +/- primidone.
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
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