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Tremors in Relation to Alzheimer's Disease

06/04/2004

Question:

Is there a relationship to tremors in arms or hands as it relates to the early stages of Alzheimers? What about verbiage not in complete sentence form....concentration level is impair momentarily.

Answer:

In general, tremors of the arms or hands do not occur in the early stages of Alzheimer`s disease. In rare cases, there may be abnormal motor findings such as myoclonus, or a jerking of the upper extremities, but tremors alone are not common.

Difficulty completing sentences is very common in the early stages of Alzheimer`s disease because of the word-finding problems that are characteristic of Alzheimer`s disease, forgetting one`s train of thought, and distractibility.

It is important to note that many treatable conditions can cause tremors, problems in concentration, and verbal difficulties. These would need to be ruled out before someone would be diagnosed as having Alzheimer`s disease.

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Response by:

Paula K Ogrocki, PhD Paula K Ogrocki, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University