Assessment of tremor: A new computerised tool for clinical practice

Maria Luisa Mancini, M. Bartolini, N. Tambasco, V. Gallai

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Abstract

The quantitative assessment of tremor represents the main difficulty in clinical evaluation. We developed a software package - T-Lab - for the biomechanical analysis of hyperkinetic movement disorders. This software can receive and elaborate data from an electronic device interfaced with a personal computer. The aim of our study was to verify the validity of the PC-aided method proposed in the routine assessment of tremor. We did this by a correlation (regression) analysis between the scores obtained by Webster's Amplitude Clinical Scale and the amplitude data by T-Lab and between EMG data and frequency measures of T-Lab. Forty-seven patients presenting with upper limb tremor were enrolled. Four series of data were obtained: two series for frequency and two for amplitude. A significant correlation between all sets of data compared was found. T-Lab represents a valid, objective and useful device of quantifying tremors in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-367
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2004

Keywords

  • Computerised tool
  • Hyperkinesia
  • T-Lab
  • Tremor
  • Tremor assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neurology

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