Toward a better definition of the Restless Legs Syndrome

M. S. Aldrich, R. Allen, Richard Allen, D. Buchholz, David Buchholz, G. Coccagna, C. Earley, Christopher J Earley, T. G. Feest, W. Hening, N. Kavey, G. Lavigne, J. Lipinski, E. Lugaresi, P. Montagna, J. Montplaisir, S. S. Mosko, W. Oertel, A. S. Walters

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Abstract

A large International Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Study Group has been formed. As its first task, the group has taken upon itself the role of defining the clinical features of the RLS. As minimal criteria for diagnosis, the group proposes the following four features: (a) desire to move the extremities, often associated with paresthesias/dysesthesias; (b) motor restlessness; (c) worsening of symptoms at rest with at least temporary relief by activity, and (d) worsening of symptoms in the evening or night. Other features commonly seen in RLS include sleep disturbance, periodic limb movements in sleep and similar involuntary movements while awake, a normal neurological examination in the idiopathic form, a tendency for the symptoms to be worse in middle to older age, and, in some cases, a family history suggestive of an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)634-642
Number of pages9
JournalMovement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

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Restless Legs Syndrome
Paresthesia
Sleep
Extremities
Psychomotor Agitation
Dyskinesias
Neurologic Examination

Keywords

  • Dysesthesias
  • Paresthesias
  • Periodic limb movements in sleep
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Sleep disturbance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Toward a better definition of the Restless Legs Syndrome. / Aldrich, M. S.; Allen, R.; Allen, Richard; Buchholz, D.; Buchholz, David; Coccagna, G.; Earley, C.; Earley, Christopher J; Feest, T. G.; Hening, W.; Kavey, N.; Lavigne, G.; Lipinski, J.; Lugaresi, E.; Montagna, P.; Montplaisir, J.; Mosko, S. S.; Oertel, W.; Walters, A. S.

In: Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society, Vol. 10, No. 5, 1995, p. 634-642.

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Aldrich, MS, Allen, R, Allen, R, Buchholz, D, Buchholz, D, Coccagna, G, Earley, C, Earley, CJ, Feest, TG, Hening, W, Kavey, N, Lavigne, G, Lipinski, J, Lugaresi, E, Montagna, P, Montplaisir, J, Mosko, SS, Oertel, W & Walters, AS 1995, 'Toward a better definition of the Restless Legs Syndrome', Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 634-642. https://doi.org/10.1002/mds.870100517
Aldrich, M. S. ; Allen, R. ; Allen, Richard ; Buchholz, D. ; Buchholz, David ; Coccagna, G. ; Earley, C. ; Earley, Christopher J ; Feest, T. G. ; Hening, W. ; Kavey, N. ; Lavigne, G. ; Lipinski, J. ; Lugaresi, E. ; Montagna, P. ; Montplaisir, J. ; Mosko, S. S. ; Oertel, W. ; Walters, A. S. / Toward a better definition of the Restless Legs Syndrome. In: Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society. 1995 ; Vol. 10, No. 5. pp. 634-642.
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