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A restless abdomen and propriospinal myoclonus like at sleep onset: an unusual overlap syndrome
  1. Simone Baiardi,
  2. Chiara La Morgia,
  3. Susanna Mondini,
  4. Fabio Cirignotta
  1. Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, Neurology Unit, S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, AOU Bologna, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Professor Fabio Cirignotta, fabio.cirignotta{at}


We report for the first time the association between restless abdomen, a phenotypic variant of restless legs syndrome in which symptoms are limited to the abdomen, and propriospinal myoclonus at sleep onset causing severe insomnia. The treatment with a low-dosage of dopaminergic drug (pramipexole) induced the immediate disappearance of both symptoms, which was documented by video-polysomnography.

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