Epidemiology of Restless Legs Syndrome

  • Mark J. Buchfuhrer


Studies going back to Ekbom’s pioneering work have shown that restless legs syndrome (RLS) is not rare in adults, especially in clinical populations [1]. After key aspects of the diagnosis were established in 2003 by consensus of the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group (IRLSSG) [2, 3], several studies have utilized the four core key diagnostic features of RLS (first four of the 2014 revised five RLS diagnostic criteria) [4] to screen for individuals with RLS symptoms. Most of these studies have looked into populations which are European or predominantly derived from European populations (Table 1.1) [5–12]. These studies have shown that between 5 and 12 % of the adults in these populations endorse the five key diagnostic features of RLS [13]. The key diagnostic features of RLS are:


Iron Deficiency Circadian Pattern Temporary Relief Unpleasant Sensation High Concordance Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark J. Buchfuhrer
    • 1
  1. 1.PIH Health Hospital - DowneyDowneyUSA

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