Ketogenic Diet

Efficacy of ketogenic diet in severe refractory status epilepticus initiating fever induced refractory epileptic encephalopathy in school age children (FIRES).”  Nabbout et al reported that  ketogenic diet can be a very effective treatment for status epilepticus. All 7 children with this severe form of epilepsy responded very rapidly to the ketogenic diet, usually within a week.

Does Ketogenic diet help control of absence epilepsy? Groomes et  reported that 133 children with absence epilepsy were found in the literature who were treated with the diet. 69% did well. Similarly, at Johns Hopkins, 18 (82%) of 21 treated with either the ketogenic or modified Atkins diet had a reduction in their absence “petit mal” seizures.

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