Algorithms for the diagnosis and treatment of restless legs syndrome in primary care

Diego Garcia-Borreguero, Paul Stillman, Heike Benes, Heiner Buschmann, K. Ray Chaudhuri, Victor M. Gonzalez Rodríguez, Birgit Högl, Ralf Kohnen, Giorgio C. Monti, Karin Stiasny-Kolster, Claudia Trenkwalder, Anne Marie Williams, Marco Zucconi

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Background: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder with a lifetime prevalence of 3-10%. in European studies. However, the diagnosis of RLS in primary care remains low and mistreatment is common.Methods: The current article reports on the considerations of RLS diagnosis and management that were made during a European Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group (EURLSSG)-sponsored task force consisting of experts and primary care practioners. The task force sought to develop a better understanding of barriers to diagnosis in primary care practice and overcome these barriers with diagnostic and treatment algorithms.Results: The barriers to diagnosis identified by the task force include the presentation of symptoms, the language used to describe them, the actual term "restless legs syndrome" and difficulties in the differential diagnosis of RLS.Conclusion: The EURLSSG task force reached a consensus and agreed on the diagnostic and treatment algorithms published here.

Original languageEnglish
Article number28
JournalBMC Neurology
Publication statusPublished - Feb 27 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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