When is treatment of periodic leg movements of sleep (PLMS) indicated in patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

Updated: Feb 22, 2017
  • Author: Ali M Bozorg, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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A large majority of patients (85%) with RLS report difficulty falling asleep at night as a consequence of the condition, and they may experience excessive daytime somnolence because of poor sleep quality resulting from multiple PLMS-induced arousals. PLMS noted on polysomnography (PSG) alone do not warrant treatment. Clinicians should consider treating PLMS if they are causing frequent arousals.


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