13. Dietary Therapies to Treat Epilepsy

  1. James W. Wheless
  1. James W. Wheless

Published Online: 1 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119998600.ch13

Epilepsy in Children and Adolescents

Epilepsy in Children and Adolescents

How to Cite

Wheless, J. W. (2012) Dietary Therapies to Treat Epilepsy, in Epilepsy in Children and Adolescents (ed J. W. Wheless), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119998600.ch13

Editor Information

  1. Department of Pediatric Neurology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and Neuroscience Institute, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Pediatric Neurology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and Neuroscience Institute, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 NOV 2012
  2. Published Print: 23 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470741238

Online ISBN: 9781119998600

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Keywords:

  • ketogenic;
  • anticonvulsant;
  • ketone body;
  • ketosis;
  • medium-chain triglyceride (MCT);
  • Atkins diet;
  • dietitian

Summary

In this chapter the history of the development of the ketogenic diet, current understanding of the biochemistry of ketone body formation and its relation to the anticonvulsant effect of the diet, considerations related to patient selection, and diet efficacy, complications, advantages, and disadvantages are reviewed. Reference is made to studies using experimental animal models, and human clinical trials.