Jamal F (2019) Recent Updates on Essential Tremor. Int J Neurol Neurother 6:081.


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REVIEW ARTICLE | OPEN ACCESS DOI: 10.23937/2378-3001/1410081

Recent Updates on Essential Tremor

Fariha Jamal, MD*

Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA


Essential Tremor is the most common movement disorder, but many aspects of this common condition are unclear. There have been multiple updates in the field of Essential Tremor in last few years, that has improved our understanding to some extent. Recently, consensus criteria for classifying tremor disorders was published. Special emphasis was on Essential Tremor, to facilitate better phenotyping and understanding of underlying etiology. Purpose was to identify homogenous population of different tremor syndromes. In addition, recent work focused on developing non-motor neuropsychological tests that can be used for Essential Tremor patients. A study used these tests to identify MCI subtypes associated with Essential Tremor. Further studies have been conducted to study gait and mood difficulties in Essential Tremor patients. Concept of early and late onset Essential Tremor as distinct clinical entities was not endorsed by recent neuropathological study. MRI guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy was FDA approved for patients with refractory Essential Tremor. This review summarizes the recent advances in the field of Essential Tremor.