7. Other Tremors

  1. Alberto Albanese MD2 and
  2. Joseph Jankovic MD3
  1. Claustre Pont-Sunyer,
  2. Eduardo Tolosa and
  3. Judith Navarro-Otano

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444346183.ch7

Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment

Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment

How to Cite

Pont-Sunyer, C., Tolosa, E. and Navarro-Otano, J. (2011) Other Tremors, in Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment (eds A. Albanese and J. Jankovic), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444346183.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy

  2. 3

    Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Author Information

  1. Neurology Service, Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 3 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333527

Online ISBN: 9781444346183



  • Parkinson;
  • dystonic and cerebellar tremors;
  • task-and position specific tremors;
  • drug induced and toxic tremors


Tremor is the most common form of involuntary movement, and is a frequent source of disability to patients. Tremor is defined as a rhythmic, oscillatory movement caused by alternating or synchronous contractions of antagonist muscles.

Tremors can be classified according to their phenomenology, distribution, frequency and ethiology. In this chapter we will review the physiopathology, clinical presentation and treatment of tremors other than essential tremor, including physiological, parkinsonian, dystonic, cerebellar and Holmes tremor. Palatal, Orthostatic, task-specific, post-traumatic and neuropathic tremor are also reviewed. Finally tremor in systemic diseases and drug or toxic induced tremors are also described.