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Epilepsy Research and Treatment
Volume 2014, Article ID 404202, 6 pages
Review Article

The Modified Atkins Diet in Refractory Epilepsy

Division of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital, New Delhi 110001, India

Received 23 October 2013; Accepted 10 December 2013; Published 30 January 2014

Academic Editor: József Janszky

Copyright © 2014 Suvasini Sharma and Puneet Jain. 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 modified Atkins diet is a less restrictive variation of the ketogenic diet. This diet is started on an outpatient basis without a fast, allows unlimited protein and fat, and does not restrict calories or fluids. Recent studies have shown good efficacy and tolerability of this diet in refractory epilepsy. In this review, we discuss the use of the modified Atkins diet in refractory epilepsy.