Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Essential Tremor Diagnosis
There are no specific tests for diagnosing essential tremor. Doctors diagnose this condition by ruling out other conditions that could be causing your symptoms.
Diagnosing Essential Tremor at Fletcher Allen
Fletcher Allen's neurologists are specially trained to diagnose essential tremor. Tests may include:
Neurological Examination consists of a series of questions and tests to check the brain, spinal cord and nerve function. The exam checks a person's mental status, coordination, and ability to walk normally and how well the muscles, senses, and reflexes work. This may also be called a neuro exam or a neurologic exam.
Performance tests assess the tremor itself. Here are some tasks the doctor may ask you to do:
- Drink from a cup
- Hold out your arms
- Write words
- Draw a figure such as a spiral
Blood or urine tests help your doctor determine your essential tremor is not due to:
- Thyroid disease
- Metabolic issues
- Drug side effects
- Alcohol addiction
- Toxin exposure
Find a Fletcher Allen Health Care physician or call 802-847-4590.