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Swiss Med Wkly. 2005 Dec 10;135(47-48):687-96.

Update on restless legs.

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Dept. of Neurology, University Hospital Berne, CH-3010 Berne, Switzerland.


Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) has become a well known disorder in the medical community in Switzerland within the last ten years, particularly since the official introduction of dopaminergic drugs as first line treatment. However, even today, in some patients a correct diagnosis is delayed, preventing specific therapy and prolonging discomfort or even painful symptoms over years. It is important to recognise the syndrome of restless legs, and it is essential to search systematically for treatable causes and to treat separately frequent comorbidities such as depression or polyneuropathy. It is important to understand the impact of this progressive disease on the personal and professional life of the patient. In addition, therapy resistance and severe side effects, particularly augmentation and fibrosis, can be minimised by understanding important details of treatment and by an optimal follow up of such patients. Research on the genetic basis of RLS, on purported pathogenetic mechanisms in the dopaminergic and other neurotransmittor systems, on iron metabolism in the brain and spinal cord, and the socioeconomic burden of the disease, are urgently needed.

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