Restless Legs Syndrome Morbidity: Sleep and Quality of Life

Aside from the increased risk of death for patients with both restless legs syndrome (RLS) and end-stage renal disease, RLS has no known impact on mortality. But the symptoms associated with the disorder adversely affect several key aspects of daily life. We often assume that we already know…

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Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder in Childhood and Adolescence

Until recently, restless legs syndrome (RLS) was generally believed to be a disorder of adults. However, multiple reports now document the occurrence of RLS, as well as the related problem of periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), during childhood and adolescence.1-9 A recent population-based…

Assessment of Restless Legs Syndrome Features With Standardized Methods

Diagnostic assessments and evaluation of therapeutic interventions in patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS) are almost exclusively based on the patient’s subjective reports and, in part, on their clinical interpretation by experts. Similar to the evaluation of psychiatric disorders like d…