Nonpharmacological approaches: Diet and neurostimulation

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There are many children with intractable epilepsy who do not respond to anticonvulsant medications yet are not candidates for resective epilepsy surgery. For these children and more, nonpharmacologic therapies can be very helpful. The primary therapies include diet and neurostimulation. Dietary therapies available currently include the ketogenic diet, modified Atkins diet, medium chain triglyceride diet, and low glycemic index treatment. Neurostimulation, using electricity to abort seizures, includes vagus nerve stimulation only at this time. However, other treatments such as deep brain stimulation and cortical responsive stimulation (NeuroPace) are under active development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)803-808
Number of pages6
JournalHandbook of Clinical Neurology
Volume111
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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Diet
Ketogenic Diet
Carbohydrate-Restricted Diet
Vagus Nerve Stimulation
Glycemic Index
Diet Therapy
Electricity
Deep Brain Stimulation
Therapeutics
Anticonvulsants
Epilepsy
Seizures
Triglycerides
Drug Resistant Epilepsy

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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Nonpharmacological approaches : Diet and neurostimulation. / Kossoff, Eric H.

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