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Tremor 01

Topic: Behavior

Created on Saturday, December 30 2006 by jdmiles

Last modified on Sunday, November 16 2008.


A very old man is seen in clinic by his Neurologist. He complains of more than 2 years of worsening tremor.
The tremor is worse in the right hand. It improves slightly when he uses the hand to perform a task. He has no cognitive symptoms.
He drinks 4 40-oz beers every night. When he does, he notices no change in the tremor.
There is no significant family history.
He is currently on medications for hemorrhoids, COPD, and asthma.
Significant findings on physical exam are shown in the image above.
Of the following options, which medication would make the best choice as empiric treatment for this tremor?

 
        A) Pramipexole
 
        B) Heparin
 
        C) Primidone
 
        D) Interferon beta-1A
 
        E) Pyridostigmine
 

 


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This question was created on December 30, 2006 by jdmiles.
This question was last modified on November 16, 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A) pramipexole

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By history and exam, this patient's tremor appears Parkinsonian: it is worse at rest, it is asymmetrical, has a pill-rolling quality, and does not improve with ethanol intake. Pramipexole is indicated in the treatment of Parkinson disease. Pramipexole is a dopaminergic agent, and is effective against a broad spectrum of Parkinsonian symptoms.  (See References)

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B) heparin

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By history and exam, this patient's tremor appears Parkinsonian: it is worse at rest, it is asymmetrical, has a pill-rolling quality, and does not improve with ethanol intake. Heparin is not indicated in the treatment of Parkinsonsim. Heparin is an anticoagulant, and is indicated in the treatment of thrombosis.  (See References)

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C) primidone

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By history and exam, this patient's tremor appears Parkinsonian: it is worse at rest, it is asymmetrical, has a pill-rolling quality, and does not improve with ethanol intake. Primidone is not indicated in the treatment of Parkinsonsim. Primidone is an antiepileptic drug, and is indicated in the treatment of epilepsy or essential tremor.  (See References)

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D) interferon beta-1A

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By history and exam, this patient's tremor appears Parkinsonian: it is worse at rest, it is asymmetrical, has a pill-rolling quality, and does not improve with ethanol intake. Interferon beta-1A is not indicated in the treatment of Parkinsonsim. Interferon beta-1A is a interferon, and is indicated in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.  (See References)

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E) pyridostigmine

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By history and exam, this patient's tremor appears Parkinsonian: it is worse at rest, it is asymmetrical, has a pill-rolling quality, and does not improve with ethanol intake. Pyridostigmine is not indicated in the treatment of Parkinsonsim. Pyridostigmine is a cholinergic agent, and is indicated in the treatment of myasthenia gravis.  (See References)

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References:

1. Rao, G., Fisch, L., Srinivasan, S., D\'Amico, F., Okada, T., Eaton, C., and Robbins, C. (2003). Does this patient have Parkinson disease? JAMA, 289(3):347-353. (PMID:12525236)
2. Shannon, K.M. (2004). Movement Disorders. In Bradley, W.G., Daroff, R.B., Fenichel, G.M., and Jankovic, J. (Eds.). Neurology in Clinical Practice, 4th Edition. Butterworth Heinemann, Philadelphia. Pp. 2131-2140. (ISBN:0750674695)Advertising:
3. Fahn, S., and Przedborski, S. (2000). Parkinsonism. In Rowland, L.P. (Ed), Merritt\'s Neurology, 10th Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. Pp. 679-693. (ISBN:0683304747)Advertising:
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Tremor 01
Question ID: 12300600
Question written by J. Douglas Miles, (C) 2006-2009, all rights reserved.
Created: 12/30/2006
Modified: 11/16/2008
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