Users' questions

How is essential tremor inherited?

How is essential tremor inherited?

The inherited variety of essential tremor (familial tremor) is an autosomal dominant disorder. A defective gene from just one parent is needed to pass on the condition. If you have a parent with a genetic mutation for essential tremor, you have a 50 percent chance of developing the disorder yourself.

Can essential tremor cause ED?

It is usually well-tolerated, but patients can experience side effects, such as fatigability, sedation, depression, and erectile dysfunction.

Does essential tremor shorten life expectancy?

Essential tremor (ET) is the most common movement disorder in the United States, afflicting an estimated 10 million Americans. “Although the condition does not shorten life expectancy, ET can have a dramatic effect on quality of life, functional activities, mood, and socialization,” says Binit B. Shah, MD.

When does an essential tremor occur in a family?

Essential tremor. If an ET occurs in more than one member of a family, it is called a familial tremor. This type of ET is passed down through families (inherited). This suggests that genes play a role in its cause. Familial tremor is usually a dominant trait. This means that you only need to get the gene from one parent to develop the tremor.

What causes hand to shake with essential tremor?

The head, trunk and voice might also be involved, but hand shaking is most prominent. The cause is not known, but it is often passed down from a parent to a child. Essential tremor is sometimes confused with other types of tremor, so getting the right diagnosis is important.

Can a tremor affect both sides of the body?

Tremors don’t affect both sides of your body in the same way. Here are signs of essential tremor: Tremors that are most obvious in your hands Difficulty doing tasks with your hands, such as writing or using tools

How to prepare for an essential tremor visit?

Know the reason for your visit and what you want to happen. Write down your questions before your visit. Bring someone with you to help you ask questions and remember what your provider says. During the visit, write down the name of any new diagnosis, medicines, treatments or tests. Also, write down new instructions.