Restless Legs Syndrome and Nocturnal Myoclonus

  • J. Steven Poceta
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Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)

Abstract

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) was first described by Dr. Karl Ekbom in 1945 in his article “Restless legs.” The condition is usually associated with periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS). PLMS is also called nocturnal myoclonus. The vast majority of patients with RLS also have PLMS, but many patients exhibit PLMS without having RLS. Restless legs syndrome is not an uncommon cause of insomnia, and is receiving more and more public attention. A national RLS Foundation has been formed, which is assisting local patient support groups around the country and is raising funds for research.

Keywords

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Peripheral Neuropathy Daytime Sleepiness Iron Deficiency Anemia Sleep Study 
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