Thursday, 14 October 2010

MRCP revision battle 29.5: Restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome, sometimes known as Ekbom's syndrome, is a condition in which a person has unpleasant sensations in their legs and a desire to move them.

Restless legs may be idiopathic or secondary to:
  • pregnancy
  • iron deficiency
  • ureamia
  • diabetes
  • RA

1st line treatments are dopamine agonists such as pramipexole
2nd line treatments include benzodiazepines or gabapentin.

To keep the neurones jumping lets move on to a completely different topic again - histiocytosis X...