Use of the Atkins Diet for Children With Intractable Epilepsy: A Comparison of Daily Carbohydrate Limits

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 16, 2005
Last Update Posted : March 27, 2009
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Johns Hopkins University

Brief Summary:
This study is designed to further investigate the use of a modified Atkins diet for children with intractable, daily seizures. It is a follow-up to a study recently completed by our institution. In this 6-month study, children will be randomized to either 10 or 20 grams of carbohydrate per day, then crossed over to the opposite amount at 3 months.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Epilepsy Behavioral: Modified Atkins diet Phase 1

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 30 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : February 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2006

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MedlinePlus related topics: Epilepsy
U.S. FDA Resources

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Seizure control [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  2. Ketosis [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Tolerability [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  2. Safety - cholesterol, kidney function, weight [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ages 3-18
  • Daily seizures or 7 per week
  • Failed at least 2 anticonvulsants

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior use of the Atkins diet for over 1 week
  • Significant heart, liver, or kidney disease

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00181090

United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21287
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Eric H Kossoff, MD Johns Hopkins University

Additional Information:
Publications: Identifier: NCT00181090     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 05-01-26-05
First Posted: September 16, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 27, 2009
Last Verified: March 2009

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases