An interdisciplinary team approach to implementing the ketogenic diet for the treatment of seizures

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Date: September-October 1997
From: Pediatric Nursing(Vol. 23, Issue 5)
Publisher: Jannetti Publications, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 3,757 words

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The ketogenic diet is becoming a more recognized method of treating seizures in some children with epilepsy. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) developed an interdisciplinary team that uses a comprehensive approach to implementing this innovative therapy. Anticipated outcomes of this unique approach are increased family satisfaction and improved dietary compliance, which maximizes the diet to its fullest potential. These outcomes are validated by anecdotal information by families' reports of satisfaction and successful diet maintenance for increased number of months (this population from 3-31 months). Of the 27 children ages 1-16 years, approximately 40% have experienced reduction of seizures of more than 50%, 25% are seizure free, and 35% have discontinued the diet for a variety of reasons including difficulty in consistently maintaining the diet. Originally introduced in the 1920s, the ketogenic diet has once again become cutting edge treatment for nonresponsive seizure activity.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A20003323