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Essential Tremor

Alternate Names : Benign Essential Tremor, Senile Tremor, Idiopathic Tremor, ET

Essential Tremor | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

The doctor will diagnose ET by seeing a person have tremors. The doctor will sometimes use an electromyography test, called EMG, to confirm the diagnosis. This kind of test checks the electrical activity in a set of muscles. An overactive thyroid gland, called hyperthyroidism, can mimic essential tremor. Blood tests can help rule out this condition.

A person who comes to a doctor with ET is often concerned about Parkinson disease. A doctor can usually tell these two types of tremors apart.

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Author: Michael Curiel, MD
Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 04/08/02

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