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Epilepsy Research and Treatment
Volume 2013, Article ID 652052, 5 pages
Review Article

Ketogenic Diet in Epileptic Encephalopathies

1Department of Pediatrics, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital, New Delhi 110001, India
2Department of Neurology, Neurosciences Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 110029, India

Received 13 March 2013; Accepted 24 June 2013

Academic Editor: Jeffrey Buchhalter

Copyright © 2013 Suvasini Sharma and Manjari Tripathi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The ketogenic diet is a medically supervised high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that has been found useful in patients with refractory epilepsy. It has been shown to be effective in treating multiple seizure types and epilepsy syndromes. In this paper, we review the use of the ketogenic diet in epileptic encephalopathies such as Ohtahara syndrome, West syndrome, Dravet syndrome, epilepsy with myoclonic atonic seizures, and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.