Study: RLS Common in CKD Patients
Italian researchers found restless legs syndrome in one third of patients with stage III-IV disease.
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.
Investigators at the
Based on IRLSSG criteria, RLS was present in 35% of the CKD patients and 43% of the hemodialysis patients. In addition, 42% of hemodialysis patients with RLS were seriously affected by the disorder, the researchers stated.
In a separate study of 41 hemodialysis patients presented at the conference, researchers at the University of Thessaly in Greece showed that those with and without RLS do not differ significantly with respect to functional capacity, quality of life, and body and muscle composition.
Of the 41 patients, 11 (27%) had RLS based on IRLSSG criteria, the investigators reported.
Findings were presented here at the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association 2008 congress.