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O'Keeffe ST, Gavin K, Lavan JN
1994
May
Age And Ageing
Iron status and restless legs syndrome in the elderly.
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The relationship between iron status and the restless legs syndrome (RLS) was examined in 18 elderly patients with RLS and in 18 matched control subjects. A rating scale with a maximum score of 10 was used to assess the severity of RLS symptoms. Serum ferritin levels were reduced in the RLS patients compared with control subjects (median 33 micrograms/l vs. 59 micrograms/l, p 18 micrograms/l, 45 micrograms/l, < 100 micrograms/l. Iron deficiency, with or without anaemia, is an important contributor to the development of RLS in elderly patients, and iron supplements can produce a significant reduction in symptoms.
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