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Restless Leg Syndrome More Common in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Right-side TLE patients are more likely to have restless legs.


Patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) are more likely to experience restless leg syndrome (RLS) than the general public, according to a recent outpatient clinic analysis, which compared 98 TLE patients to 50 controls who did not have a history of epilepsy or any family members with the disorder. The investigators also found that the odds of developing RLS were 4.6 times greater in patients with right-sided TLE, when compared to left-sided TLE. They also suggested that worsening RLS may serve as an early warning of an impending seizure in some patients.

Geyer JD, Geyer EE, Fetterman Z, Carney PR. Epilepsy and restless legs syndrome. Epilepsy Behav. 2017;68:41-44.

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