Essential Tremor - what is the probablity for severe condition?
I have a question about Essential Tremor.
I am 35 years old and have been diagnosed as having a very mild form of ET, which started at the age of 11. Syptoms are rather rare (e.g. once a week in case of some excessive stress) and are limited to shaking hands to the extend that I may not be able to carry a FULL cap of coffee without spilling.
I was recommended not to take any medication.
My question is the following:
As my wife is pregnant with our first child, what is the probability that our child will have a more severe form of ET or other movement disorter due to heretitory reasons? (I have read that there is a 50% chance of the child having ET since I have it, but can the severity level be diagonsed or at least a severe condition be given a probability?)
Your response will be greatly appreciated as this is a concern for my wife and I.
Severity of essential tremors varies from person to person.If it is interfering with your routine activities then propranolol can be used.Coffee and soda products to be avoided.Most of ET tranmitted as autosomal dominant pattern means there is 50 % chance that a offspring may get it.In some cases it may not transmit and ET may also occur without family history.Its a benign condition,in offspring it has almost same course.
What do you mean "in offspring it has almost the same course"? Does this mean that the ET severity will be almost the same as the parent's or could it be worse (and what are the chances of being worse)?
Also, are there any tests that could be carried out on the foetus to detrmine (a) whether it has ET genes, and (b) the level of severity ?
Same course of ET in offspring means children if affected may have less or same severity of symptoms as parents.It can be worse only if both parents are having ET.The FET1 gene on chromosome 3q13.1 and the ETM2 gene on chromosome 2p22-p25 have been implicated.Unfortunately at present no genetic tests are available to detect ET genes in fetus.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.