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How do doctors diagnose essential tremors?

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The doctor will perform a thorough evaluation, noting what part of your body is affected by tremor, when it occurs, and if there is evidence of other features that could indicate a movement disorder other than essential tremor. Imaging tests such as MRI and CT scans are not helpful in diagnosing essential tremor, but your doctor may do them to rule out other possible tremor causes.

From: Diagnosing Essential Tremor WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

We Move: "Essential Tremor: Diagnosis" and "Essential Tremor: Tremor Scale."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Essential Tremor Information Page" and "NINDS Tremor Information Page."

Mayo Clinic: "Essential Tremor."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 26, 2019

SOURCES:

We Move: "Essential Tremor: Diagnosis" and "Essential Tremor: Tremor Scale."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Essential Tremor Information Page" and "NINDS Tremor Information Page."

Mayo Clinic: "Essential Tremor."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 26, 2019

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