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