* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Benign essential tremor
- Presenile tremor syndrome
- Familial essential tremor
- Tremor, hereditary essential, 1
- Hereditary essential tremor
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Parkinson disease or head trauma.  Most cases of essential tremor are hereditary. There are five forms of essential tremor that are based on different genetic causes. Several genes as well as lifestyle and 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.Essential tremor is the most common movement disorder. It is characterized by involuntary and rhythmic shaking (tremor), especially in the hands, without any other signs or symptoms. It is distinguished from tremor that results from other disorders or known causes, such as tremors seen with
Last updated: 9/12/2014
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- MayoClinic.com provides information about essential tremor. Click on the link to view this information.
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- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) lists the subtypes and associated genes for Essential tremor in a table called Phenotypic Series. Each entry in OMIM includes a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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