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Syndrome des jambes sans repos chez la personne âgée: une affection méconnue [Restless legs syndrome in the elderly: an unrecognized disorder].
Revue Médicale Suisse
The restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a frequent, often unrecognized disorder in the elderly. The diagnosis is essentially based on the clinical history. The RLS is characterized by (1) an urge to move the limbs, usually associated with abnormal sensations in the legs; (2) symptoms are worse at rest; (3) they are relieved by movements; (4) they mainly occur in the evening or at night. Specific diagnostic criteria have been developed for cognitively impaired elderly persons. The RLS is a chronic disorder with high impact on sleep and quality of life. Treatment is symptomatic and recommended drugs are dopaminergic agents, opioids, and gabapentine.
Aged, 80 and over, Alzheimer Disease/complications, Amines/therapeutic use, Anticonvulsants/therapeutic use, Benzodiazepines/therapeutic use, Cyclohexanecarboxylic Acids/therapeutic use, Diagnosis, Differential, Dopamine Agents/therapeutic use, Female, Humans, Narcotics/therapeutic use, Quality of Life, Restless Legs Syndrome/complications, Restless Legs Syndrome/diagnosis, Sleep Disorders/etiology, Tranquilizing Agents/therapeutic use, gamma-Aminobutyric Acid/therapeutic use
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