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

Eric H. Kossoff, Jennifer L. Borsage, Anne M. Comi

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-243
Number of pages4
JournalEpilepsy Research
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Atkins
  • Children
  • Epilepsy
  • Ketogenic
  • Ketosis
  • Sturge-Weber

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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