Home About us Current issue Ahead of Print Back issues Submission Instructions Advertise Contact Login   

Search Article 
Advanced search 
Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Users online: 433 Home Bookmark this page Print this page Email this page Small font sizeDefault font size Increase font size 

RENAL DATA FROM ASIA - AFRICA Table of Contents   
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 625-650
Restless leg syndrome in hemodialysis patients: A disorder that should be noticed

1 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
2 Occupational Sleep Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Metabolic Disease Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
4 Division of Nephrology, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
5 Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Amir Mohammad Kazemifar
Metabolic Disease Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin
Login to access the Email id

DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.157431

PMID: 26022045

Rights and Permissions

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a distressing sleep disorder that is commonly experienced by patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of RLS and its related factors among hemodialysis patients. This was an analytical cross-sectional study that was performed on hemodialysis patients of the Bu"Ali Hospital of Qazvin during 2009 and 2010. One hundred and twelve patients were selected by the census sampling method as the study sample. Data collection was performed using the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI), Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), Berlin, Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) and International Restless Leg Syndrome Study Group criteria (IRRLS) questionnaires. Student's ttest and chi-square test were applied to analyze the collected data. RLS complaints were very common among patients on long-term dialysis therapy and were reported in about 42.9% of the patients. Patients with RLS had higher daytime sleepiness, insomnia complaints and poorer sleep quality. Percentage of patients in the high-risk group was higher in the RLS group. RLS symptoms appear to be correlated with age (P = 0.012) and use of sedative drugs (P = 0.035). RLS is common in dialysis patients and is associated with a higher prevalence of other sleep disturbances. Therefore, the effective assessment and management of this sleep disturbance has the potential to significantly enhance patient outcomes.

Print this article  Email this article

  Similar in PUBMED
    Search Pubmed for
    Search in Google Scholar for
   Citation Manager
  Access Statistics
   Reader Comments
   Email Alert *
   Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded419    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal