What are the minimum requirements for ketogenic diet services in resource-limited regions? Recommendations from the International League Against Epilepsy Task Force for Dietary Therapy

Eric H. Kossoff, Nabil Al-Macki, MacKenzie C. Cervenka, Heung D. Kim, Jianxiang Liao, Katherine Megaw, Janak K. Nathan, Ximena Raimann, Rocio Rivera, Adelheid Wiemer-Kruel, Emma Williams, Beth A. Zupec-Kania

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Abstract

Summary Despite the increasing use of dietary therapies for children and adults with refractory epilepsy, the availability of these treatments in developing countries with limited resources remains suboptimal. One possible contributory factor may be the costs. There is often reported a significant perceived need for a large ketogenic diet team, supplements, laboratory studies, and follow-up visits to provide this treatment. The 2009 Epilepsia Consensus Statement described ideal requirements for a ketogenic diet center, but in some situations this is not feasible. As a result, the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Task Force on Dietary Therapy was asked to convene and provide practical, cost-effective recommendations for new ketogenic diet centers in resource-limited regions of the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1337-1342
Number of pages6
JournalEpilepsia
Volume56
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Diet
  • Epilepsy
  • Global
  • Ketogenic
  • Minimum
  • Resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Kossoff, E. H., Al-Macki, N., Cervenka, M. C., Kim, H. D., Liao, J., Megaw, K., Nathan, J. K., Raimann, X., Rivera, R., Wiemer-Kruel, A., Williams, E., & Zupec-Kania, B. A. (2015). What are the minimum requirements for ketogenic diet services in resource-limited regions? Recommendations from the International League Against Epilepsy Task Force for Dietary Therapy. Epilepsia, 56(9), 1337-1342. https://doi.org/10.1111/epi.13039