- In three patients, a man aged 46 years and two women aged 74 and 38 years, respectively, restless legs syndrome (RLS) was diagnosed. The second patient had a low serum ferritin concentration. The patients were successfully treated with ropirinol, iron suppletion and gabapentine, and pramipexol, respectively. With a prevalence of 7 in the general population, RLS is a frequent disease. Patients complain about unpleasant feelings in the legs and have an urge to move the legs, causing discomfort during rest. Sleep is disturbed significantly, which interferes with normal functioning of the patients during the day. RLS may be caused by anaemia, uraemia or as a side effect of drugs such as selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), lithium and tricyclic antidepressants. RLS can be treated successfully by dopaminergic agents, especially dopamine agonists.
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2006;150:2173-7