The diagnosis of 'essential palatal tremor'

P. Vieregge*, C. Klein, E. Gehrking, D. Körtke, D. Kömpf

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We report a patient with a 30-year hisotyr of progressive, involuntary movements of the left ear and clicking sounds in both ears for 2 years. The patient had rhythmic contractions of the tensor veli palatini muscle and could relieve palatal movements and ear clicks, but not ear movements, by pressing a pillow against the left ear or by finger pressure on the tragus or the retroauricular region. We discuss the significance of these sensory tricks and the nosology of the long-standing ear movements within a classification of essential and symptomatic palatal tremor. Current diagnostic criteria for both types of palatal tremor may not cover some atypical cases such as ours.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)248-249
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.1997


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