The ketogenic diet in dravet syndrome

Linda Laux*, Robyn Blackford

*Corresponding author for this work

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Dravet syndrome is an infantile epilepsy syndrome with intractable pleomorphic seizures, cognitive impairment, and a number of comorbidities including ataxia/gait abnormalities and behavioral issues. Antiseizure medications are only partially effective in controlling seizures. Secondary to the intractable epilepsy, patients are often on multiple antiseizure medications with significant accumulative neurotoxic side effects. Specifically for Dravet syndrome, the medical literature includes both laboratory and clinical research that supports the use of the ketogenic diet. In addition, a review of the children with Dravet syndrome who were treated with the ketogenic diet at our center was undertaken. Thirteen of the 20 children (65%) with Dravet syndrome treated with the ketogenic diet experienced a greater than 50% reduction in seizure frequency. The ketogenic diet is a good alternative to medication for seizure management in children with Dravet syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1041-1044
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of child neurology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013


  • Dravet
  • ketogenic diet
  • severe myoclonic epilepsy
  • severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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