Diagnostic Standards for Dopaminergic Augmentation of Restless Legs Syndrome: Report from a World Association of Sleep Medicine - International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group Consensus Conference at the Max Planck Institute

Philipps University of Marburg, Marburg, Hesse, Germany
Sleep Medicine (Impact Factor: 3.15). 09/2007; 8(5):520-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.sleep.2007.03.022
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Augmentation of symptom severity is the main complication of dopaminergic treatment of restless legs syndrome (RLS). The current article reports on the considerations of augmentation that were made during a European Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group (EURLSSG)-sponsored Consensus Conference in April 2006 at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) in Munich, Germany, the conclusions of which were endorsed by the International RLS Study Group (IRLSSG) and the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM). The Consensus Conference sought to develop a better understanding of augmentation and generate a better operational definition for its clinical identification.

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