Efficacy of Modified Atkins Diet Versus Ketogenic Diet in Children With Refractory Epilepsy Aged 1 Year to 18 Years: A Randomized Controlled Trial

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified November 2013 by All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sheffali Gulati, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: November 4, 2013
Last updated: November 7, 2013
Last verified: November 2013
In children aged 1yr -18 years with refractory epilepsy Modified Atkins diet as add on to ongoing AED therapy would not be inferior compared to ketogenic diet ** in terms of seizure reduction from baseline seizure frequency at 6 months

Condition Intervention Phase
Ketogenic Diet, Modified Atkin's Diet, Refractory Epilepsy
Other: Ketogenic diet (2.5 to 4:1)
Other: Modified Atkin's diet
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Percentage of seizure reduction at 6 months ( sz frequency / wk average of 4 wks) from base line [ Time Frame: Baseline and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To develop an optimal dietary therapy for management of refractory epilepsy in children and adolescents

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: April 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: ketogenic diet
ketogenic diet (2.5 to 4:1)
Other: Ketogenic diet (2.5 to 4:1)
Active Comparator: Modifid Atkin's diet
Modified Atkin's Diet
Other: Modified Atkin's diet

Detailed Description:

Primary objective:

To compare the efficacy of Modified Atkins diet compared to Ketogenic diet * in children aged 1 year to 18 years of age with refractory epilepsy on anti epileptic drugs at 6 months of diet intake in terms of percentage of seizure reduction from base line.

Secondary objective:

Proportion of patients who achieve > 50% seizure reduction from baseline after 6 months in both groups To evaluate the nature of adverse events in both the groups


Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Year to 18 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children aged 1-18 years with refractory epilepsy*
  • Willing to come for regular follow up
  • No motivational or psychosocial issues in the family which would preclude compliance with the diet

Exclusion Criteria

  • Surgically remediable cause for refractory epilepsy
  • Suspected mitochondrial disorder or diagnosed with a disorder in which high fat diet is contraindicated
  • Previously received ketogenic diet or modified Atkins diet
  • Chronic systemic disease like chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, heart disease (congenital and acquired) and chronic respiratory illness
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01983163

Contact: Sheffali Gulati, MD Pediatrics 01126594679 sheffaligulati@gmail.com

All India Institute of Medical Sciences Recruiting
New Delhi, Delhi, India, 110029
Contact: Sheffali Gulati, MD, Pediatrics    01126594679    sheffaligulati@gmail.com   
Sponsors and Collaborators
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Sheffali Gulati, Addl. Professor, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01983163     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 9968480606
Study First Received: November 4, 2013
Last Updated: November 7, 2013
Health Authority: India: Ministry of Health

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

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