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  • Essential tremor is a neurological (nervous system) disorder characterised by the involuntary shaking or trembling of particular parts of the body, usually the head and hands.
  • The tremors typically worsen when the hands are being used (kinetic tremor), and reduce significantly or stop altogether when the hands are resting.
  • The cause is unknown, although a genetic link is strongly suspected.
  • There is no cure for essential tremor.
  • Treatment aims to suppress the tremors and may include medication, surgery and stress management.

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Reviewed on: 11-07-2017