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Who gets restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) may affect up to 10% of the U.S. population. It affects both sexes, but is more common in women and may begin at any age, even in young children. Most people who are affected severely are middle-aged or older.

RLS is often unrecognized or misdiagnosed. This is especially true if the symptoms are intermittent or mild. Once correctly diagnosed, RLS can often be treated successfully.

From: Restless Legs Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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