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Pediatric Tremors

Pediatric tremor disorders cause involuntary, rhythmic shaking muscle movements.

What is Pediatric Tremors?

Tremors are a rhythmic shaking that typically take place in the arms, feet, hands, head or legs. They can occur while a child is resting or active.

What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Tremors?

  • Difficulty walking or fine motor issues (pinching, winking and other small movements)
  • Involuntary, rhythmic shaking of any body part or the voice
  • Limb weakness
  • Speech impairment

How is Pediatric Tremors diagnosed?

Your doctor may order one of these tests to diagnose pediatric tremors:

  • Blood tests
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) (detects electrical activity in the brain)
  • Genetic tests
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (imaging test that produces a detailed, 3-D image of the body using a magnetic field)

What are the causes of Pediatric Tremors?

Tremors can occur at any age and be due to several possible triggers, including:

  • Damage to brain structures that control muscle activity
  • Genetics
  • Head trauma
  • Heavy metal poisoning (such as lead or mercury)
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Overactive thyroid (hormone gland that controls metabolism)
  • Side effect of medicine
  • Stroke

How is Pediatric Tremors treated?

Medication is often prescribed to treat pediatric tremors. If that is ineffective, your doctor may recommend deep brain stimulation. With DBS therapy, surgeons implant a small device under the skin in the chest called a neurostimulator. It sends impulses to electrodes placed in the parts of the brain responsible for involuntary movements to help control them.

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