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Actigraphic recordings in quantification of periodic leg movements during sleep in children.

Sleep Med 2005 Jul 1;6(4):325-32. Epub 2005 Apr 1.

Division of Pediatric Sleep Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville, 571 South Floyd Street, Suite 439, Louisville, KY 40202, USA.

Background: Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) has recently emerged as a relatively frequent and markedly underdiagnosed condition in children that induces arousals and sleep fragmentation and leads to poor learning and behavioral problems. Because a cost-effective and widely available alternative to pediatric polysomnography is needed for diagnosis of limb movement disorders, this study sought to examine whether periodic leg movements in children could be reliably identified using recently developed actigraphy software.

Methods: Bilateral actigraphs were worn around the feet by 99 children ages 4-12 years during standard clinical overnight polysomnography, which included bilateral anterior tibial electromyogram (EMG). Read More

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