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Essential Tremor: Common but Poorly Recognized and Treated

KEY POINT

Essential tremor (ET) is more common than Parkinson’s disease among middle-aged and elderly adults, occurring in up to 5% of patients. However, many patients do not seek the pharmacologic and surgical treatment that could improve their symptoms. Further, lacking a uniform clinical presentation, ET is often not diagnosed by clinicians.

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