Neurological Sciences and Neurophysiology
Research Article

The Prevalence of Essential Tremor in Turkish Medical Students


Afyon Kocatepe University School of Medicine, Neurology, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey


Afyon Kocatepe University School of Medicine, School of Medicine, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey

Neurol Sci Neurophysiol 2009; 26: 56-59
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Objectives: To determine the clinical findings and prevalence of essential tremor (ET) in Turkish Medical Students.


Background: The prevalence of ET is higher than other movement disorders and its prevalence ranges from 0.4 to 3.9 % worldwide and the age of onset of essential tremor is unclear. In previous studies a bimodal distribution in age of onset with peaks in the second and sixth decades of life has been reported.


Patients and methods: Two hundred twenty-one medical school students from the Afyon Kocatepe University School of Medicine, aged 17 – 26 years, were included in this study. The study was planned in two phases. In phase 1, a short questionnaire including screening questions for tremor was administered to the subjects. In phase 2; suspected subjects were evaluated according to the scales for tremor by a neurology specialist and a final diagnosis was made.


Results: In Phase 1; 24 subjects (10.8 %) were screened as positive and were referred to phase 2. All of the tremor positive students were evaluated by direct examination. A diagnosis of ET was made in 6 subjects (2.7 %).


Conclusions: In this study, we demonstrated the ET prevalence and anatomic distribution in a selected young population with the same level of education and similar age interval, and the prevalence of ET in our group was 2.7%. Although this was a small group, our results have similar prevalence rates and anatomic distribution with other studies.


How to cite this article:
O. Yilmaz KUSBECI, S. AYHAN, F. B. BAYRAM, T. ESENBOGA, A. B. YAPA, B. COKER, N. OGUZ: The Prevalence of Essential Tremor in Turkish Medical Students. J Neurol Sci [Turk] 2009;26:056-059

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