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Intervention Review

Ketogenic diet and other dietary treatments for epilepsy

  1. Robert G Levy1,*,
  2. Paul N Cooper2,
  3. Pratima Giri3,
  4. Jennifer Weston4

Editorial Group: Cochrane Epilepsy Group

Published Online: 14 MAR 2012

Assessed as up-to-date: 28 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001903.pub2

How to Cite

Levy RG, Cooper PN, Giri P, Weston J. Ketogenic diet and other dietary treatments for epilepsy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD001903. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001903.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Fairfield General Hospital, Bury, UK

  2. 2

    Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, Centre for Clinical Neurosciences, Salford, Greater Manchester, UK

  3. 3

    North West Deanery, NHS, Paediatrics, Manchester, UK

  4. 4

    Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool, Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

*Robert G Levy, Fairfield General Hospital, Rochdale Old Road, Bury, BL9 7TD, UK.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: Edited (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 14 MAR 2012


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