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How is restless legs syndrome (RLS) diagnosed?

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There is no medical test to diagnose restless legs syndrome (RLS); however, doctors may use blood tests and other exams to rule out other conditions. The diagnosis of RLS is based on a patient’s symptoms and answers to questions concerning family history of similar symptoms, medication use, the presence of other symptoms or medical conditions, or problems with daytime sleepiness.

From: Restless Legs Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

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News release, FDA.

The University of Washington Neuroscience for Kids: "Restless Legs Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation: "About RLS: Frequently Asked Questions."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

The University of Washington Neuroscience for Kids: "Restless Legs Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation: "About RLS: Frequently Asked Questions."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

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