What is the etiology of familial restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

Updated: Feb 22, 2017
  • Author: Ali M Bozorg, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Patients with familial RLS tend to have an earlier age of onset (< 45 years) and slower disease progression. In some families, a progressive decrease in age of onset with successive generations (ie, genetic anticipation) has been described. Psychiatric factors, stress, and fatigue can exacerbate symptoms of RLS.


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