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What causes restless legs syndrome?

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The cause of restless legs syndrome is usually unknown. Experts think that RLS may be connected to how the brain uses dopamine and iron. Genetics also plays a role. About half of people with restless legs syndrome have a family member with it

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Restless Leg Syndrome."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Restless Legs Syndrome"

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Restless Legs Syndrome Information Page."

RLS Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 6, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Restless Leg Syndrome."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Restless Legs Syndrome"

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Restless Legs Syndrome Information Page."

RLS Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 6, 2018

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