Dietary therapies for epilepsy: Future research

Sudha K. Kessler, Elizabeth G. Neal, Carol S. Camfield, Eric H. Kossoff

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Since 1921, dietary therapies have remained valuable options in the treatment of intractable childhood epilepsy. The traditional ketogenic diet has been well demonstrated, including in a recent randomized, controlled trial, as being highly effective. More recent alternative diets such as the medium-chain triglyceride diet, modified Atkins diet, and low-glycemic-index treatment have expanded the use of this modality to more children as well as adults. In this review, we discuss our top 10 most pressing research topics related to the ketogenic diet that warrant future study. As well, two promising ketogenic diet clinical researchers discuss their past and current research to help answer some of these questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Children
  • Diet
  • Epilepsy
  • Ketogenic
  • Ketosis
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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