Perioperative management of a paediatric patient on the ketogenic diet


  • James K. Mcneely MD

    1. Department of Anaesthesiology, The Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
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James K. McNeely, Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin, Department of Anesthesiology, PO Box 1997, MS 735, Milwaukee, WI 53201, USA.


The ketogenic diet has become commonplace for the treatment of paediatric patients with refractory epilepsy. I describe the perioperative management of a patient on the ketogenic diet. The basis, complications and anaesthetic implications of the diet are discussed.