Journal article

The ketogenic diet in refractory childhood epilepsy

MT Mackay, J Bicknell-Royle, J Nation, M Humphrey, AS Harvey

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To report the efficacy and tolerability of the ketogenic diet (KD) in refractory paediatric epilepsy. METHODS: Twenty-six consecutive children were treated with the classical KD from 1996 to 2001. The epilepsy syndromes included symptomatic generalized epilepsy (15), idiopathic generalized epilepsy (4), symptomatic partial epilepsy (1) and unclassified epilepsy (6). One child was lost to follow up. RESULTS: Median age at initiation of the KD was 6.1 years. Median duration of the treatment was 9 months. Twelve children (48%) were treated for >12 months; one still remains on the KD. Four children (16%) became seizure-free. Five children (20%) had 50-99% reduction in seizures, seven ..

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