Descriptions of tremor date back centuries, to Ecclesiastes XII:3 and ancient India and Egypt (Louis 2000).The specific distinction of kinetic tremor can be found in Galen's writings (Sider and Mc Vaugh 1979) and many accounts since (Louis 2000).Although research is ongoing, to date there is no known cure or way to prevent Parkinson's disease.
Deep brain stimulation and unilateral standard and focused ultrasound thalamotomy surgeries are effective therapeutic options for patients with disabling tremor that responds inadequately to other interventions.
Historical note and terminology Tremor is an involuntary rhythmic oscillatory movement of any body area (Deuschl et al 1998a; Bhatia et al 2017).
Thalamic deep brain stimulation is effective in most patients, and new stereotactic surgical sites are being explored. There is considerable evidence that essential tremor is a clinically defined tremor syndrome with multiple etiologies; this probably explains much of the difficulty in identifying underlying causes and developing new treatments.
Key points • There is slow growth in tremor treatment options.
When functioning normally, these neurons produce a vital brain chemical known as dopamine.
Dopamine serves as a chemical messenger allowing communication between the substantia nigra and another area of the brain called the basal ganglia.
To date, there is no known way to prevent Parkinson's disease.
But, there are several treatment options, including drug therapy and/or surgery that can reduce the symptoms, and make living with the disease easier.
Overview Essential tremor is the most common movement disorder in adults.