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Definitions of Tremor

Thomas E. Finucane, MD1
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1Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2014;312(2):191. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6222.
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To the Editor In their Grand Rounds article, Drs Elias and Shah1 defined tremor “as a rhythmic and involuntary movement of any body part.”

They listed dystonic tremors but noted that these are irregular (not rhythmic), and they excluded clonus, which is a rhythmic and involuntary movement. Could Elias and Shah provide a definition that is consistent with their categorization?


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July 9, 2014
W. Jeffrey Elias, MD; Binit B. Shah, MD
1Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2Department of Neurology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
JAMA. 2014;312(2):191-192. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6231.
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