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Neurol Ther. 2013 Sep 21;2(1-2):71-6. doi: 10.1007/s40120-013-0013-2. eCollection 2013 Dec.

Childhood absence epilepsy successfully treated with the paleolithic ketogenic diet.

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1
National Institute of Neuroscience, Amerikai út 57, Budapest, 1145 Hungary ; Department of Neurology, University of Pécs, Rét u. 2, 7623 Pecs, Hungary.
2
National Institute of Neuroscience, Budapest, Hungary.
3
Department of Neurology, Bethesda Children's Hospital, Budapest, Hungary.
4
Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Childhood absence epilepsy is an epilepsy syndrome responding relatively well to the ketogenic diet with one-third of patients becoming seizure-free. Less restrictive variants of the classical ketogenic diet, however, have been shown to confer similar benefits. Beneficial effects of high fat, low-carbohydrate diets are often explained in evolutionary terms. However, the paleolithic diet itself which advocates a return to the human evolutionary diet has not yet been studied in epilepsy.

RESULTS:

Here, we present a case of a 7-year-old child with absence epilepsy successfully treated with the paleolithic ketogenic diet alone. In addition to seizure freedom achieved within 6 weeks, developmental and behavioral improvements were noted. The child remained seizure-free when subsequently shifted toward a paleolithic diet.

CONCLUSION:

It is concluded that the paleolithic ketogenic diet was effective, safe and feasible in the treatment of this case of childhood absence epilepsy.

KEYWORDS:

Childhood absence epilepsy; Evolutionary medicine; Ketogenic diet; Neurology; Paleolithic diet

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