Ketogenic Diet Therapy for Epilepsy Management

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Author: Fu-Chan Wei
Date: January-February 2013
From: Biomedical Journal(Vol. 36, Issue 1)
Publisher: Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd.
Document Type: Article
Length: 486 words
Lexile Measure: 1390L

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Byline: Fu-Chan. Wei

Use of the ketogenic diet (KD) for epilepsy treatment was popular in the early 20th century before the advent of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). With the development of more and more AEDs, the KD was nearly abandoned due to unpalatability and inconvenience. Although AEDs have been widely used, more than 40% of patients with epilepsy cannot be controlled well. Yet others are controlled but with adverse side-effects. Popularity of the KD revived in the 1990s for treatment of multiple AED-resistant epilepsy patients. Results were promising with 50% of patients achieving seizure reduction by more than 50%. Ten to twenty percent were even found to be seizure free after treatment. An international consensus suggested trying the KD after failure of...

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