Variability of hand tremor in rest and in posture--a pilot study.

Fariborz Rahimi*, Carina Bee, Angela South, Derek Debicki, Mandar Jog

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Previous, studies have demonstrated variability in the frequency and amplitude in tremor between subjects and between trials in both healthy individuals and those with disease states. However, to date, few studies have examined the composition of tremor. Efficacy of treatment for tremor using techniques such as Botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT A) injection may benefit from a better understanding of tremor variability, but more importantly, tremor composition. In the present study, we evaluated tremor variability and composition in 8 participants with either essential tremor or Parkinson disease tremor using kinematic recording methods. Our preliminary findings suggest that while individual patients may have more intra-trial and intra-task variability, overall, task effect was significant only for amplitude of tremor. Composition of tremor varied among patients and the data suggest that tremor composition is complex involving multiple muscle groups. These results may support the value of kinematic assessment methods and the improved understanding of tremor composition in the management of tremor.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics


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