The ketogenic diet for the treatment of pediatric status epilepticus

Sunila E. O'Connor, Candy Richardson, Willam H. Trescher, Debra L. Byler, Joan D. Sather, Elizabeth H. Michael, Kelly B. Urbanik, Jennifer L. Richards, Ronald Davis, Mary L. Zupanc, Beth Zupec-Kania

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Abstract

Background Refractory status epilepticus carries a high risk of morbidity and mortality for children. Traditional treatment of status epilepticus consists of multiple anticonvulsant drugs and, if needed, induction of a medical coma. The ketogenic diet has been used for intractable epilepsy for many years. The purpose of this article is to report a case series of five patients with refractory status epilepticus successfully managed with the ketogenic diet. Methods A summary of pediatric patients with refractory status epilepticus treated with diet was performed. Conclusions Ketogenic diet therapy should be considered as a treatment option in pediatric patients with refractory status epilepticus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-103
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Neurology
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology

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    O'Connor, S. E., Richardson, C., Trescher, W. H., Byler, D. L., Sather, J. D., Michael, E. H., Urbanik, K. B., Richards, J. L., Davis, R., Zupanc, M. L., & Zupec-Kania, B. (2014). The ketogenic diet for the treatment of pediatric status epilepticus. Pediatric Neurology, 50(1), 101-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2013.07.020