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

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: September 16, 2005
Last Update Posted: March 27, 2009
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Johns Hopkins University
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 Intervention Phase
Epilepsy Behavioral: Modified Atkins diet Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Johns Hopkins University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Seizure control [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Ketosis [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

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

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: February 2005
Study Completion Date: September 2006

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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 ClinicalTrials.gov 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
  More Information

Additional Information:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00181090     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 05-01-26-05
First Submitted: September 10, 2005
First Posted: September 16, 2005
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