Neurodegenerative, Disease, Neurology, Pathology, Essential tremor


Medicine and Health Sciences | Neurology


Eric Ramsson


Essential tremor (ET) is one of the most prevalent movement disorders globally: approximately 1% of the population is affected (Haubenberger & Hallet, 2018). In the past, ET has been grossly oversimplified clinically and pathologically and only through recent study has the complexity of the disease process and presentation been made apparent. Despite the recent advances in research regarding ET, the general public is still largely unfamiliar with the various aspects of the disease (Cristal et al., 2018). Perhaps even more surprising is the similar lack of knowledge that ET patients have regarding their own disease (Cristal et al., 2018). Recent literature on ET demonstrates an increased prevalence of previously unassociated non-motor symptoms such as depression, anxiety, apathy, dementia, and auditory deficits. These aspects of ETremain unknown among ET patients, despite their substantial effects on quality of life. Knowledge deficiencies such as these must be addressed in both clinicians and patients so as to improve the quality of life for ET patients. The following paper aims to educate the reader on the presentation, pathophysiology, progression, etiology, and treatment of ET.

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