Ketogenic Diet Therapy Program
Our Ketogenic Diet Therapy Program, in conjunction with our Epilepsy Program–a key component of Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's–offers diet therapy as a treatment option for children with epilepsy. Under medical supervision by an epileptologist and a trained ketogenic dietitian, the ketogenic diet is used to reduce the number and intensity of seizures.
Families from across the country visit our world-class Epilepsy Program, which includes ketogenic diet therapy as a treatment option for epilepsy.
The ketogenic diet is used to reduce the number and intensity of seizures. Although complete seizure control is not always possible, one-third of the children placed on the diet achieve complete seizure control and the control is maintained even after the diet is discontinued.
Of the remaining patients with seizures, > 50% have decreased seizure frequency or require less medication to achieve the same amount of seizure control.
In addition to improved seizure control with the ketogenic diet, patients and families report increased alertness or environmental attentiveness as a result of the diet. It is not known how much of the improvement is related to the diet or from the seizure medications being weaned.
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