Prevalence of idiopathic and secondary restless legs syndrome in Korean Women

Young Min Park, Heon-Jeong Lee, Seung Gul Kang, Hyun Seok Choi, Jung Eun Choi, Jae Hyuck Cho, Leen Kim

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Objective: The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of idiopathic and secondary restless legs syndrome (RLS) and to compare them among Korean women. Methods: A total of 1000 women aged 40-69 years from the general population were included in the study. The questionnaire used to gather data included modified International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group (IRLSSG) criteria, and questions related to RLS. Results: Of the entire cohort, 65 subjects were diagnosed as having RLS according to IRLSSG criteria. The overall prevalence of RLS was thus 6.5%. Of those subjects with symptoms of RLS, 81.5% complained of insomnia. The age at the onset of RLS was 38.9 ± 8.6 years. RLS symptoms were experienced every day by 18.5% of affected subjects. None of the RLS subjects revealed in this study had previously been diagnosed or treated for their RLS problems. Conclusion: The prevalence of RLS reported herein is low compared with that reported for Western countries. Our study provides further evidence for low prevalence of RLS in Asian populations and supports the view that RLS is poorly recognized by both physicians and the general population, resulting in suboptimal management of the disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-168
Number of pages5
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar 1

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  • Epidemiology
  • Korean
  • Prevalence
  • Restless legs syndrome

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Prevalence of idiopathic and secondary restless legs syndrome in Korean Women. / Park, Young Min; Lee, Heon-Jeong; Kang, Seung Gul; Choi, Hyun Seok; Choi, Jung Eun; Cho, Jae Hyuck; Kim, Leen.

In: General Hospital Psychiatry, Vol. 32, No. 2, 01.03.2010, p. 164-168.

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Park, Young Min ; Lee, Heon-Jeong ; Kang, Seung Gul ; Choi, Hyun Seok ; Choi, Jung Eun ; Cho, Jae Hyuck ; Kim, Leen. / Prevalence of idiopathic and secondary restless legs syndrome in Korean Women. In: General Hospital Psychiatry. 2010 ; Vol. 32, No. 2. pp. 164-168.
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