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Arch Neurol. 2009 Oct;66(10):1202-8. doi: 10.1001/archneurol.2009.217.

Essential tremors: a family of neurodegenerative disorders?

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Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, Department of Neurology, and Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA. edl2@columbia.edu

Abstract

Essential tremor (ET) is the most common pathologic tremor in humans. The traditional view of ET, as a monosymptomatic condition, is being replaced by an appreciation of the spectrum of clinical features, with both motor and nonmotor elements. These features are not distributed homogeneously across patients. In addition, postmortem studies are now demonstrating distinct structural changes in ET. There is growing evidence that ET may be a family of diseases rather than a single entity. Furthermore, this aging-associated, progressive disorder is associated with neuronal loss and postmortem changes that occur in traditional neurodegenerative disorders.

PMID:
19822775
PMCID:
PMC2762114
DOI:
10.1001/archneurol.2009.217
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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