Restless Legs Syndrome, | Vasculaire Leg Compression Device for the Treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome - A Prospective Clinical Study

Restless Legs Syndrome, research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a debilitating sleep disorder that has significant impact on quality of life, and often times can be difficult to diagnose and treat effectively. RLS is typically treated with medical therapy (including dopaminergic agents, dopamine agonists, benzodiazepines, anticonvulsants, opiates, among other therapies). Many patients are either refractory to medical therapy, have contraindications or adverse reactions to the available medical therapies, or desire conservative non-medication based therapies. Two previous studies have demonstrated that pneumatic compression devices placed on the legs can improve symptoms of RLS. We would like to assess whether the Venous Health Systems Vasculaire leg compression device improves symptoms and quality of life measures related to RLS in up to 40 patients evaluated prospectively for one month. This is a pilot study to assess the subjective response of our cohort of patients to this device prospectively. Our hypothesis is that over 66% of our cohort will demonstrate a positive symptomatic response based on RLS specific quality of life questionnaires.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Individuals who are at least 18 years of age with a reliable diagnosis of RLS in accordance with the International Classification of Sleep Disorder, Revised Diagnostic and Coding Manual of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. All patients included must have persistent symptoms that interfere with quality of life. Patients who are currently on approved medical therapy for RLS must be on a stable dose/agent for ≥30 days and experience persistent symptoms that interfere with quality of life. Patients who are currently refractory to medical therapies may also be included if they are presently under the care of a physician and receiving medical therapy for RLS for ≥30 days without improvement and/or having experienced unacceptable side effects. Pregnancy status is not being assessed and is not relevant to device use. Exclusion Criteria: - Younger than 18 years, unstable medical conditions that may interfere with the requirements of the study, e.g. diabetes mellitus, symptomatic asthma, congestive heart failure with nocturnal symptoms, and mental or physical limitation (including dementia) that would preclude data collection on questionnaires or wearing intermittent pneumatic compression devices. Other medical conditions that would serve as exclusion criteria are those where increased venous or lymphatic return is undesirable. These specific conditions are known or suspected deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis, severe congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, severe arteriosclerosis, action infection such as gangrene, recent vein ligation or skin graft, or extreme deformity of the legs. Patients with iron deficiency anemia, or evidence of inadequate serum iron stores on laboratory testing are also excluded until this has been corrected.

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Restless Legs Syndrome,

Restless Legs,

Ekbom Syndrome

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Device:Venous Health Systems Vasculaire Leg Compression DeviceLeg (calf) compression device used to alleviate symptoms of restless legs

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

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Study Status


Start Date: July 2013

Completed Date:

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: The Restless Legs Syndrome Rating Scale

Secondary Outcome:

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Jacob F Collen, MD

Lead Sponsor: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center


More information:

Lettieri CJ, Eliasson AH. Pneumatic compression devices are an effective therapy for restless legs syndrome: a prospective, randomized, double-blinded, sham-controlled trial. Chest. 2009 Jan;135(1):74-80. doi: 10.1378/chest.08-1665. Epub 2008 Nov 18.

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