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  • 2005

The aim of this study was to compare two tests for tremor/fine motor control as regards their sensitivity in relation to effects on tremor of exposure to manganese and cigarette smoke. One hundred manganese-exposed workers were compared with 100 age-matched referents. The subjects were tested with the Kløve–Matthews static steadiness test (hole tremormeter) and the DPD TREMOR (accelerometer). The manganese-exposed subjects showed increased postural tremor compared to the referents. The tremor had a larger frequency dispersion among the exposed subjects than among the referents as assessed by the TREMOR 7.0 test system, indicating that the tremor had a pattern where the power was burned at a wider spectre of frequencies among the exposed subjects than among the referents. The two tests differed in their ability to demonstrate tremor, depending of the type of exposure (manganese or cigarette smoke). The static steadiness test was better than the TREMOR at discriminating between manganese-exposed subjects and referents while the TREMOR was better at discriminating between smokers and non-smokers than the static steadiness test. The tests also differed in their ability to demonstrate tremor depending on the frequency of tremor. The Tremor Intensity I was higher for subjects with higher tremor frequency, while no...

Bast-Pettersen, Rita; Ellingsen, Dag
Neurotoxicology 26(3): 331–342
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