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> Palex Launches the First Website in Spanish Dedicated Exclusively to Essential Tremor

1/3/2022

The tembloresencial.es website has received the endorsement of the Spanish Society of Neurology (SEN). This is one of the actions with which Palex is taking part in the National Essential Tremor Awareness Month that was started by the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF).

Essential tremor is one of the most common neurological movement disorders, but also the most unknown. In Spain alone it affects more than 600,000 people and despite being the most common movement disorder, there are still many people who suffer from it without a diagnosis, either because their symptoms are mild or because they downplay their importance and don't consult their doctor. Coinciding with the Essential Tremor Awareness Month, Palex has launched the first website in Spanish dedicated exclusively to essential tremor to draw attention to this condition and help improve its underdiagnosis.

On this website, endorsed by the Spanish Society of Neurology, affected patients and families will find reliable medical information about this movement disorder: what essential tremor is, what its causes and symptoms are, how the diagnosis is made, the treatments available and advice to make life easier for those affected. The website also includes the testimony of Ireneo Villanueva, a patient with essential tremor.

Essential tremor causes involuntary tremors, usually in the hands, but can also involve the head, voice and legs. It is a disease that can significantly alter people's lives since they often lose the ability to perform simple tasks such as getting dressed, eating, driving or going to work, generating high levels of dependence for patients suffering from it. See the testimony of a patient with essential tremor.

Essential tremor is the result of an abnormal communication between certain areas of the brain that prevents the correct control of muscle movements. The cause of essential tremor is unknown, but there is evidence that in some people the disorder is genetic. However, people with no family history of essential tremor can also develop it. This condition is often confused with tremor-dominant Parkinson's disease, although essential tremor is estimated to be 8 to 10 times more common.

 

This disease, for which there is still no cure, is currently treated with drugs, through deep brain stimulation therapy and, recently, with high-intensity focused ultrasound. This innovative technology, which eliminates essential tremor without surgical incisions, without hospitalization, without pain and with permanent and immediate results, is now available in three Spanish public health hospitals: CHUS in Santiago de Compostela, San Carlos Hospital in Madrid and the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital in Barcelona.

 


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