Intention tremor of the head in patients with essential tremor

Julie Leegwater-Kim, Elan D. Louis, Seth L. Pullman, Alicia G. Floyd, Sarah Borden, Carol B. Moskowitz, Lawrence S. Honig

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Patients with essential tremor (ET) have kinetic arm tremor; this tremor can also have an intentional component. We are unaware of reports of intention tremor of the head in ET. Our aims were to describe, provide electrophysiological data and video documentation of, and estimate the prevalence of intention tremor of the head in our sample. Ten (9.0%; 95% confidence interval = 4.7%-14.3%) of 111 patients had intention tremor of the head; in 7 it involved the neck and in 3 the chin. These patients trended toward having more severe kinetic arm tremor and they bad more severe intention tremor of the arms. These observations provide further support for the evolving view that the cerebellum may be involved in ET.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2001-2005
Number of pages5
JournalMovement Disorders
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerebellum
  • Essential tremor
  • Head tremor
  • Intention tremor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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