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Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2009 Jun;16(2):60-70. doi: 10.1016/j.spen.2009.03.007.

Tremor in childhood.

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Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Neurology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, The Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA.


Tremor in childhood is not commonly described in the literature; but it is also likely underappreciated. The etiology of childhood tremor encompasses a wide variety of pathologic processes. Tremor may occur in isolation, or in association with other neurologic findings or systemic disorders. This article aims to provide an overview of tremorogenic mechanisms with respect to neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, particularly as they relate to children. Classification of tremors, diagnostic entities in childhood, and treatment will also be discussed. With improved recognition and characterization of childhood tremors, we may gain a better understanding of the pathophysiology of the disease and determine more age-appropriate treatment strategies.

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