Restless legs syndrome: not just a problem for dialysis patients

ANNA J. 1997 Dec;24(6):655-62.


This article addresses the history, diagnostic criteria, pharmacotherapy, non-pharmacological symptom management, and coping mechanisms for idiopathic restless legs syndrome (RLS). The prevalence and treatment for uremia-associated RLS, as described in the literature, and special consideration of the problems of the dialysis patient with RLS will be addressed. The associated sleep disorder, periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS), will also be reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Anxiety Agents / therapeutic use
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Dopamine Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Narcotics / therapeutic use
  • Restless Legs Syndrome* / diagnosis
  • Restless Legs Syndrome* / drug therapy
  • Restless Legs Syndrome* / etiology
  • Uremia / complications


  • Anti-Anxiety Agents
  • Dopamine Agents
  • Narcotics
  • Benzodiazepines