• Rationale and Comments

    Restless legs syndrome is a neurologic disorder that can be diagnosed based on a patient’s description of symptoms and additional clinical history. Polysomnography generally does not provide additional information necessary to make the diagnosis. If a patient’s clinical history for RLS is ambiguous, PSG to assess for periodic leg movements may be useful to help confirm an RLS diagnosis.

    Sponsoring Organizations

    • American Academy of Sleep Medicine


    • Expert consensus


    • Neurologic


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    • American Academy of Sleep Medicine. International classification of sleep disorders, 3rd ed. Darien, Ill.: American Academy of Sleep Medicine; 2014.