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Epilepsia. 2008 Nov;49 Suppl 8:30-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2008.01829.x.

Use of the ketogenic diet in neonates and infants.

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The John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA. Jrubens2@jhmi.edu

Abstract

The ketogenic diet (KD) is still viewed as virtually last-line therapy in childhood epilepsies, and specifically as unsafe and difficult to initiate and maintain in neonates and infants. Information is presented to show that the KD is safe and efficacious in this population, and should be carefully studied to determine its real usefulness as first-line or early therapy (one or fewer anticonvulsants) in the catastrophic epilepsies of infancy.

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