Revista médica de Chile
Print version ISSN 0034-9887
MIRANDA C, Marcelo; FABRES O, Larisa; CONTRERAS S, Andrea and TORRES CH, Támara. Restless legs syndrome is highly underdiagnosed in a neurologic-psychiatric outpatient clinic. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2009, vol.137, n.2, pp. 255-258. ISSN 0034-9887. doi: 10.4067/S0034-98872009000200010.
Background: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition that is characterized by the irresistible urge to move the legs and is very common. In the last decade, much attention has been focused on RLS, given its high occurrence, underdiagnosis, and impact on quality of Ufe. Aim: To determine the frequency of RLS in a neurologic-psychiatric outpatient clinic. Patients and Methods: We interviewed patients attending a prívate neurological outpatient clinic, using a standardized validated questionnaire, and an additional phone interview to confirm diagnosis. Results: Of approximately 800 people attending the clinic, the questionnaire was answered by 238 subjects (168 females). Fifteen percent of respondents were affected by RLS and none had been diagnosed before. Most patients had a severe form that probably required treatment. Conclusions: A low awareness of RLS exists in Chile, even among specialized physicians.
Keywords : Diagnosis; Questionnaires; Restless legs syndrome.