Clinical guidelines: Neurology experts rank treatments for essential tremor

Clinical guidelines

Neurology experts rank treatments for essential tremor

Chances are you know someone who has essential tremor, or maybe you have it yourself. About 10 million women and men in the United States have the condition, which causes the hands and head to shake and the voice to quaver. The actress Katherine Hepburn, whose delivery was unmistakably affected by the disorder, gave essential tremor its best-known public face.

Although there is no cure, clinicians have long had a variety of options, including drugs and surgery, for treating the symptoms. But these approaches haven't all been compared head to head, and studies evaluating them haven't always agreed, so many clinicians and patients have been left uncertain about the best treatment plan. In an effort to clear up the confusion, an American Academy of Neurology (AAN) panel reviewed more than 200 studies of medical and surgical treatments for essential tremor and formulated practice guidelines, which are published in the June 28, 2005, issue of Neurology.

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