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The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine 2021;42(5): 991-1000.
doi: https://doi.org/10.22246/jikm.2021.42.5.991
양 하지 불편감을 호소하는 교뇌 경색 환자에 대한 한의 치험 1례
이혜진1, 황예채1, 임태빈1, 김서영1, 조승연1,2,3, 박정미1,2,3, 고창남1,2,3, 박성욱1,2,3
1경희대학교 대학원 한방순환신경내과학교실
2강동경희대학교병원 뇌신경센터 한방내과
3경희대학교 한의과대학 순환⋅신경내과
A Case of a Patient with Pontine Infarction Complaining of Discomfort in Both Legs
Hye-jin Lee1, Ye-chae Hwang1, Tae-bin Yim1, Seo-young Kim1, Seung-yeon Cho1,2,3, Jung-mi Park1,2,3, Chang-nam Ko1,2,3, Seong-uk Park1,2,3
1Dept. of Cardiology and Neurology of Clinical Korean Medicine, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University
2Stroke and Neurological Disorders Center, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong
3Dept. of Cardiology and Neurology, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University
Correspondence  Seong-uk Park ,Tel: 02-440-6217, Fax: 02-440-7171, Email: seong.uk@gmail.com
Received: September 17, 2021,   Accepted: October 22, 2021,   Published online: October 30, 2021.
This study examined the effectiveness of Korean medical treatment for an 81-year-old female patient with pontine infarction complaining of discomfort in both legs.

The patient was hospitalized for 45 days and treated with herbal medicine (mainly Bohyulanshin-tang [補血安神湯], pharmacopuncture, acupuncture, electroacupuncture, and moxibustion). We used the International Restless Legs Scale (IRLS) and Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) and checked the duration of the symptoms to evaluate the clinical effects of the treatment.

After 45 days of hospitalization, the IRLS score decreased from 33 to 19, with the lowest score of 8 recorded on the twenty-seventh day after discharge. The NRS score and the duration of symptoms also improved, and the treatment effect continued following discharge.

This study suggests that Korean medical treatment may be effective for the treatment of restless legs.
Key words: restless legs syndrome, pontine infarction, Bohyulanshin-tang, pharmacopuncture, Korean medicine
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