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The prevalence of essential tremor in elderly Koreans

Title
The prevalence of essential tremor in elderly Koreans
Authors
Oh E.S.Kim J.-M.Kim Y.E.Yun J.Y.Kim J.S.Kim S.E.Lee S.B.Lee J.J.Park J.H.Kim T.H.Kim K.W.Jeon B.S.
Ewha Authors
윤지영
SCOPUS Author ID
윤지영scopusscopus
Issue Date
2014
Journal Title
Journal of Korean Medical Science
ISSN
1011-8934JCR Link
Citation
vol. 29, no. 12, pp. 1694 - 1698
Keywords
2-Carbomethoxy-8-(3-fluoropropyl)-3-(4-iodophenyl) tropane SPECT, KoreaEssential TremorPrevalence
Publisher
Korean Academy of Medical Science
Indexed
SCI; SCIE; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
Essential tremor (ET) is one of the most common movement disorders. The prevalence of ET varies substantially among studies. In Korea, there is no well-designed epidemiological study of the prevalence of ET. Thus, we investigated the prevalence of ET in a community in Korea. Standardized interviews and in-person neurological examinations were performed in a random sample of the elderly aged 65 yr or older. Next, movement specialists attempted to diagnose ET clinically. People who showed equivocal parkinsonian features underwent dopamine transporter imaging using [123I]-FP-CIT SPECT, to differentiate ET from parkinsonism. A total of 714 subjects participated in this population-based study. Twenty six of these subjects were diagnosed as having ET. The crude prevalence of ET was 3.64 per 100 persons. Age, gender, or education period were not different between the ET patients and the non-ET subjects. The prevalence of ET was slightly lower than those reported in previous studies. Further studies including more subjects are warranted. © 2014 The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences.
DOI
10.3346/jkms.2014.29.12.1694
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