The ketogenic diet for the treatment of pediatric status epilepticus.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • O'Connor, SE; Ream, MA; Richardson, C; Mikati, MA; Trescher, WH; Byler, DL; Sather, JD; Michael, EH; Urbanik, KB; Richards, JL; Davis, R; Zupanc, ML; Zupec-Kania, B

Published Date

  • January 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 101 - 103

PubMed ID

  • 24287234

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-5150

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2013.07.020


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States