BrainWaves #29 Not-so-benign essential tremor
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MedLink Neurology Podcast
BrainWaves #29 Not-so-benign essential tremor
Oct 09, 2023 Season 1 Episode 29
MedLink Neurology

MedLink Neurology Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: July 18, 2017

Once heralded as "benign" essential tremor, this movement disorder is anything but. And you can see this when you talk with your neurology patients about the difficulties they encounter with dressing, eating, and even speaking--not to mention the social stigmata and cognitive dysfunction. In this BrainWaves episode, we start by describing the fundamentals of tremor and move on to the clinical features, pharmacology, and prognosis of essential tremor. BrainWaves podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used to guide medical decision-making in routine clinical practice. Any cases discussed in this episode are fictional and do not contain any patient health-identifying information.




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