Ekbom syndrome

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Related to Ekbom syndrome: Couvade Syndrome, Cotard Syndrome, Ekbom Disease

rest·less legs syn·drome

a sense of indescribable uneasiness, twitching, or restlessness that occurs in the legs after going to bed, frequently leading to insomnia, which may be relieved temporarily by walking about; thought to be caused by inadequate circulation or as a side effect of some SSRIs and other psychotropic medications.
See also: akathisia.
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A condition defined as a distressing need or urge to move the legs (or arms)—akathisia—usually accompanied by an uncomfortable deep-seated sensation in the legs that is brought on by rest—sitting or lying down, relieved by moving or walking, and worse at night or in the evening. RLS may be accompanied by involuntary limb movements while the patient is asleep
Management For nightly symptoms, dopaminergics are the agents of first choice, opiates second choice; for pain, gabapentin, opiates, dopaminergics, then sedative-hypnotics
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Ekbom syndrome

(ek′bōm″, āk′)
[Karl A. Ekbom, Swedish neurologist, 1907–1977]
The delusion that one is infested with parasites, esp. those that burrow under the skin.
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Karl-Axel, Swedish neurologist, 1907–.
Ekbom syndrome - Synonym(s): restless legs syndrome
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The patient was recommended psychiatric consultation with suspected Ekbom syndrome, but refused to go.
Para-clinical evaluation excluded any cause (endogenous or exogenous) of pruritus, and during hospitalization the patient was directed to psychiatric evaluation, confirming the diagnosis of Ekbom syndrome.
Restless legs, or Ekbom syndrome as some doctors call it, affects as many as one in 20 people and can be very annoying.
Some doctors don't believe in Ekbom syndrome, which causes a burning sensation in the legs and feet that may be relieved by moving them, sometimes continuously.