Clinical approach to tremor in children

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Abstract

Pediatric Movement Disorders encompass a very large and complex group of diseases, among which Tremor is one of the least studied. Evaluation of tremors in kids carries significant challenges, in particular the fact that many tremor etiologies have other associated movement disorders that make tremor identification more difficult. Also, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate tremors from other shaking disorders. Yet, the correct identification of tremor leads to appropriate treatments and sometimes practical cures. Thus, in this paper we have strived to provide a succinct, clinically useful and practical review of pediatric tremors. The most useful classification of tremors in based on their predominance during rest or activity. By far, the most common tremor in children is during action. We provide a clinical algorithm on how to assess pediatric tremors at the bedside, as well as multiple useful tables. We also review common tremor etiologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-116
Number of pages6
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Volume59
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2019

Keywords

  • Ataxia
  • Children
  • Dystonic tremor
  • Essential tremor
  • Pediatric tremor
  • Tremor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Neurology

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