RLS Afflicts One in Three CKD Patients
The estimated prevalence of RLS in the general population and the hemodialysis population is 5%-15% and 12%-62%, the researchers noted. Little data are available regarding RLS prevalence in patients with CKD stages III-IV.
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Based in IRLSSG criteria, RLS was present in 35% of patients with CKD stage III-IV and 43% of the hemodialysis patients. Based on IRLSSG criteria, 42% of HD patients with RLS were seriously affected by the disorder, the researchers reported here at the 2008 congress of the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association.
Patients with or without RLS did not differ with respect to etiology of renal disease, age, gender, BMI, or intake of nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, or drugs.