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Ramon A. Gil, M.D., Board Certified Neurologist

Specializing In the Care and Treatment of Parkinsons Disease and Other Movement Disorders

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Essential Tremor
 
Essential tremor is the most common movement disorder. It is a syndrome characterized by a slowly progressive postural and/or kinetic tremor, usually affecting both upper extremities.  It may be bilateral, largely symmetrical, postural or may be kinetic, tremor involving hands and forearms that is visible and persistent.  Essential Tremor may also be additional or isolated tremor in head but with the absence of abnormal posturing.
 
Essential tremor has been hypothesized to be a risk factor for the development of Parkinson disease. Some patients with Parkinson disease report a long-standing history of bilateral upper extremity postural tremor. Moreover, in a large cohort study by the Mayo Clinic, the risk of essential tremor was significantly increased in relatives of patients with Parkinson disease with younger onset and in relatives of patients with tremor-predominant Parkinson disease.
 
 
 
 
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