An update on essential tremor

Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2009 Jul;9(4):273-7. doi: 10.1007/s11910-009-0041-6.


Essential tremor is a well-defined syndrome of postural and kinetic tremor in a characteristic distribution. In some patients, impaired tandem walking, intention tremor, and rest tremor are also seen. An increasing body of clinical, neuropathological, and epidemiologic evidence suggests that essential tremor is a heterogeneous disorder. The evidence is discussed in this update. Recent advances in the treatment of this condition are also reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Cognition Disorders / complications
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Dementia / complications
  • Essential Tremor* / epidemiology
  • Essential Tremor* / physiopathology
  • Essential Tremor* / therapy
  • Humans


  • Anticonvulsants