Restless Leg Syndrome/Willis-Ekbom disease in women with iron deficiency anemia.

Kolukisa M., Soysal P., GULTEKIN T. O., Karatoprak C., Bilgen H. R., Gursoy A. E.

Ideggyogyaszati szemle, vol.69, pp.356-360, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 69
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.18071/isz.69.0356
  • Journal Name: Ideggyogyaszati szemle
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.356-360
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: Yes


Background and purpose - Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED) is a common condition associated with reduced quality of life and other medical conditions, particularly cardiovascular diseases. Despite its common occurrence, it is widely underdiagnosed and undertreated. Therefore, identification of high-risk individuals for RLS/WED bears diagnostic and therapeutic significance. Iron deficiency anemia has a role in the pathophysiology of RLS/WED and both conditions have been reported to occur higher in females. In this study, the frequency of RLS/WED among women diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia was examined as well as laboratory variables that could guide the clinician in the diagnosis of RLS/WED.