Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


  • Anna DePold HohlerEmail author
  • Marcus Ponce de Leon
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_486


Jerking; Shaking


Tremor is an unintentional, rhythmic, muscle movement involving to-and-fro movements of one or more parts of the body.

Current Knowledge

Most tremors occur in the hands, although they can also affect the arms, head, face, vocal cords, trunk, and legs. Tremor can occur in normal individuals. It may also be related to an inherited disorder, medications, toxins, or a neurodegenerative process. The location and quality of the tremor can be useful in determining the underlying cause. Tremor may occur at any age but is most common in middle-aged and older persons.


References and Readings

  1. Fahn, S., & Jankovic, J. (2007). Tremors: Diagnosis and treatment. In S. Fahn & J. Jankovic (Eds.), Movement disorders (pp. 451–479). Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boston University Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Madigan Army Medical CenterTacomaUSA