Ketogenic diet and other dietary treatments for epilepsy.Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Mar 14CD
The ketogenic diet, being high in fat and low in carbohydrates, has been suggested to reduce seizure frequency. It is currently used mainly for children who continue to have seizures despite treatment with antiepileptic drugs. Recently there has been interest in less restrictive ketogenic diets including the Atkins diet and the use of these diets has extended into adult practice.
To review the evidence from randomised controlled trials regarding the effects of ketogenic and similar diets.
We searched the Cochrane Epilepsy Group's Specialised Register (June 2011), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL 2011, Issue 2 of 4), MEDLINE (1948 to May week 4, 2011) and EMBASE (1980 to March 2003). No language restrictions were imposed. We checked the reference lists of retrieved studies for additional reports of relevant studies.
Studies of ketogenic diets and similar diets for people with epilepsy.
DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
Three review authors independently applied pre-defined criteria to extract data and also assessed study quality.
We identified four randomised controlled trials which generated five publications.These included Kossoff 2007, Bergqvist 2005, Seo 2007, Neal 2008 and Neal 2009. All trials applied the intention-to-treat analysis with varied randomisation method. The four studies recruited a total of 289 children and adolescents and no adults. Meta-analysis could not be conducted due to heterogeneity of the studies. Seven prospective studies and four retrospective studies were also identified.