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Epilepsy Res. 2010 Dec;92(2-3):240-3. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2010.09.008. Epub 2010 Oct 8.

A pilot study of the modified Atkins diet for Sturge-Weber syndrome.

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The John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA.


The modified Atkins diet (MAD) is a dietary treatment for epilepsy which does not restrict fluids or calories. This theoretically makes the MAD safer than the ketogenic diet for children with Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS). Five children aged 4-18 years with SWS and at least monthly intractable seizures were started prospectively on the MAD for 6 months. All children had urinary ketosis and seizure improvement, including 3 with > 50% seizure reduction.

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