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Author Plumb, Mark

Title Essential tremor : the facts / Mark Plumb, Peter Bain
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 149 pages) : illustrations
Series Facts
Facts (Oxford, England)
Contents Preface; Foreword; Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1 What is essential tremor?; The history of essential tremor; The clinical definition of 'classical essential tremor'; Essential tremor and emotional stress; Essential tremor and physiological stress; Ageing-essential tremor as a progressive disease, but is it a neurodegenerative disorder?; Other symptoms in essential tremor; Cognitive ability; Walking; Eyesight and eye movement; Sense of smell; Hearing; Weight loss; Conclusion; 2 Living and coping with essential tremor; Severity; Response to medication; Diet-coffee and alcohol; Anxiety
CounsellingMy hands don't shake-a personal view by Mark Plumb; Get to know the facts about essential tremor; Early age of onset; Raising awareness in society; Repetitive training of the voluntary muscles; 3 The diagnosis of essential tremor; Diagnosis as a process of elimination; Essential tremor versus Parkinson's disease-a differential diagnosis; Hypokinetic versus hyperkinetic movement disorders; The dopamine active transport scan; Is essential tremor a family of related movement disorders?; Assessing tremor severity in essential tremor; Clinical rating scales
4 The treatment of essential tremorNerve cells-what are they?; The medications used to treat essential tremor; Beta-blockers; Primidone; Benzodiazepines; Gabapentin; Topiramate; Botulinum toxin; Naturally occurring chemicals; Alcohol (ethanol); Caffeine; Cannabis; Stereotactic brain surgery-thalamotomy and deep brain stimulation; Stereotactic surgical procedures; Surgical complications; Side effects; How does DBS work?; 5 Who gets essential tremor?; The prevalence of essential tremor in the general population; Essential tremor in families; Essential tremor as a dominant genetic trait
Twins in essential tremor-essential tremor is highly heritableIdentifying the essential tremor genes; Essential tremor is a complex inherited disorder; Genetic testing in essential tremor; 6 Possible causes of essential tremor; Essential tremor as a neurological disorder of the central nervous system; Tremor-related nerve cell activity; Imaging studies of the brain in essential tremor; Muscle contraction; The principles of voluntary movement; The thalamus and the control of voluntary movement; Linking tremor and anxiety in essential tremor
Summary Essential Tremor is the most common movement disorder in the world, and affects between 4 and 40 people per 1000 of the population amongst all ethnic groups. Characterised by shaking hands, this disorder can affect the head, voice and legs, and is often made worse by physical and emotional stress. Essential Tremor: The Facts provides a comprehensive guide to understanding this disorder and minimising its impact upon the lives of sufferers, their friends and families. It begins with a close look at what essential tremor is and how it should be diagnosed, as well as details on who gets the disorder, the causes, and how it affects sufferers day-to-day lives. Current treatment options are covered, along with patient advice on how to cope with the stigma of essential tremor, as well as the disability and social handicap it invokes. The book concludes with a chapter on the future and prospects of a potential cure
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-144) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Tremor.
Essential Tremor
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Diseases -- Musculoskeletal.
MEDICAL -- Orthopedics.
MEDICAL -- Rheumatology.
Form Electronic book
Author Bain, Peter
LC no. 2006038510
ISBN 9780191567087