Tremor: How to determine if the patient has Parkinson's disease

Ryan J. Uitti

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

8 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Tremor is commonly the first neurologic sign of Parkinson's disease (PD) that leads patients to see a physician. Knowing how to differentiate the resting tremor of PD from essential tremor is an important diagnostic skill. Unlike patients with essential tremor, those with PD have other neurologic findings. A diagnosis of PD is likely if the patient has two of three major clinical features: resting tremor, bradykinesia, and rigidity. Minor signs may also be seen, including cognitive slowing, speech abnormalities, depression, dysautonomia, and sleep disturbances. The history and physical exam can determine if the patient has parkinsonism and whether the cause is Parkinson's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalGeriatrics
Volume53
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1998

Fingerprint

Tremor
Parkinson Disease
Essential Tremor
Neurologic Manifestations
Primary Dysautonomias
Hypokinesia
Parkinsonian Disorders
Sleep
History
Depression
Physicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

Cite this

Tremor : How to determine if the patient has Parkinson's disease. / Uitti, Ryan J.

In: Geriatrics, Vol. 53, No. 5, 05.1998, p. 30-36.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Uitti, Ryan J. / Tremor : How to determine if the patient has Parkinson's disease. In: Geriatrics. 1998 ; Vol. 53, No. 5. pp. 30-36.
@article{e459b79746134c09b3b0464dfa66388a,
title = "Tremor: How to determine if the patient has Parkinson's disease",
abstract = "Tremor is commonly the first neurologic sign of Parkinson's disease (PD) that leads patients to see a physician. Knowing how to differentiate the resting tremor of PD from essential tremor is an important diagnostic skill. Unlike patients with essential tremor, those with PD have other neurologic findings. A diagnosis of PD is likely if the patient has two of three major clinical features: resting tremor, bradykinesia, and rigidity. Minor signs may also be seen, including cognitive slowing, speech abnormalities, depression, dysautonomia, and sleep disturbances. The history and physical exam can determine if the patient has parkinsonism and whether the cause is Parkinson's disease.",
author = "Uitti, {Ryan J.}",
year = "1998",
month = "5",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "53",
pages = "30--36",
journal = "Geriatrics",
issn = "0016-867X",
publisher = "Advanstar Communications",
number = "5",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Tremor

T2 - How to determine if the patient has Parkinson's disease

AU - Uitti, Ryan J.

PY - 1998/5

Y1 - 1998/5

N2 - Tremor is commonly the first neurologic sign of Parkinson's disease (PD) that leads patients to see a physician. Knowing how to differentiate the resting tremor of PD from essential tremor is an important diagnostic skill. Unlike patients with essential tremor, those with PD have other neurologic findings. A diagnosis of PD is likely if the patient has two of three major clinical features: resting tremor, bradykinesia, and rigidity. Minor signs may also be seen, including cognitive slowing, speech abnormalities, depression, dysautonomia, and sleep disturbances. The history and physical exam can determine if the patient has parkinsonism and whether the cause is Parkinson's disease.

AB - Tremor is commonly the first neurologic sign of Parkinson's disease (PD) that leads patients to see a physician. Knowing how to differentiate the resting tremor of PD from essential tremor is an important diagnostic skill. Unlike patients with essential tremor, those with PD have other neurologic findings. A diagnosis of PD is likely if the patient has two of three major clinical features: resting tremor, bradykinesia, and rigidity. Minor signs may also be seen, including cognitive slowing, speech abnormalities, depression, dysautonomia, and sleep disturbances. The history and physical exam can determine if the patient has parkinsonism and whether the cause is Parkinson's disease.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0031955977&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0031955977&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 9597978

AN - SCOPUS:0031955977

VL - 53

SP - 30

EP - 36

JO - Geriatrics

JF - Geriatrics

SN - 0016-867X

IS - 5

ER -