Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) and ADHD

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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)Restless Leg Syndrome and ADHD

affects 1,5 million children and adolescents. Often begins during childhood or adolescence and can result in poor intellectual and/or emotional function. Although symptoms are worse at night, it is possible to experience it throughout daytime.

CAUSES

  • Genetics: Autosomal – dominant hereditary pattern
  • Chromosomes genetic loci 9p, 12q, and 14q.
  • Dopamine abnormality.
  • Iron deficiency: low serum ferritin levels.

SIGNS

  • Fidgeting or stretching legs in bed.
  • Hyperactivity in class.
  • Sleep deprivation and irritability in the morning.

PERIODIC LIMB MOVEMENTS DURING SLEEP

  • Brief jerks (0,5 seconds) of the limbs during sleep in 20 second intervals.
  • Present in 80% of individuals with RLS.

FAMILY HISTORY

  • Biological parents with RLS have 50:50 chance of passing RLS to their children.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

  • Mild degree of iron deficiency.

WHAT CAN I DO?

TREATMENT

  • Good Sleep Habits: Sleep needed per age:

Age 2: 12 hours
Age 5: 11 hours
Age 10: 10 hours
Adolescence: 9 hours
Adulthood: 7 hours

  • Teens

Avoid caffeine intake in the evening.
Regular exercise.
Bedroom without TV, computers, etc.

  • Iron supplementation and pharmacological treatment.

DIAGNOSE

  • Polysomnography

RELATIONSHIP WITH ADHD

  • RLS can aggravate inattention
  • Sleep deprivation impairs cognitive function and memory.
  • Can exist a subgroup of ADHD having RLS.
  • Methylphenidate does not worsen SLP.

 

References

Ruottinen, H. M., Partinen, M., Hublin, C., Bergman, J., Haaparanta, M., Solin, O., & Rinne, J. O. (2000). An FDOPA PET study in patients with periodic limb movement disorder and restless legs syndrome. Neurology, 54(2), 502-502. doi:10.1212/WNL.54.2.502

Turjanski, N., Lees, A. J., & Brooks, D. J. (1999). Striatal dopaminergic function in restless legs syndrome: 18F-dopa and 11C-raclopride PET studies. Neurology, 52(5), 932-932. doi:10.1212/WNL.52.5.932

 

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