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Ketogenic Diet Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT02477904
First Posted: June 23, 2015
Last Update Posted: October 23, 2017
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Collaborator:
University of Hawaii
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ryan Lee, MD, Shriners Hospitals for Children
  Purpose
This study will assess the effectiveness of the ketogenic diet (high-fat, low-carbohydrate, and moderate protein) in treating autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Three study groups will be comprised of children (2-21 years of age) based on whether or not they have ASD and receive the ketogenic diet - ASD/ketogenic diet, ASD/non-ketogenic diet, and non-ASD/non-ketogenic diet.

Condition Intervention
Autism Spectrum Disorder Other: Ketogenic Diet

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Ketogenic Diet Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Further study details as provided by Ryan Lee, MD, Shriners Hospitals for Children:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from baseline in core symptoms of ASD [ Time Frame: Pre- and post-ketogenic diet intervention (at baseline, and after three and six months on the ketogenic diet) ]
    Assess core autistic symptoms through review/analysis of responses to the following measurement instruments: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - Second Edition (ADOS-2); Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale (ASDS); Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS-2); Gilliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS-3); Social Responsiveness Scale - Second Edition (SRS-2); Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) and DSM-V ASD criteria; standardized intelligence tests (if available, administered by child's school); and Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Teacher Rating Scale Forms (Vanderbilt).


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from baseline in the number of medications used for ASD management [ Time Frame: Pre- and post-ketogenic diet intervention (at baseline, and after three and six months on the ketogenic diet) ]
    Assess changes through the review/analysis of self-report and medical record data.

  • Change from baseline in the dosage of medications used for ASD management [ Time Frame: Pre- and post-ketogenic diet intervention (at baseline, and after three and six months on the ketogenic diet) ]
    Assess changes through the review/analysis of self-report and medical record data.

  • Change from baseline in the number of lab tests ordered for ASD management [ Time Frame: Pre- and post-ketogenic diet intervention (at baseline, and after three and six months on the ketogenic diet) ]
    Assess changes through the review/analysis of self-report and medical record data.

  • Change from baseline in the number of emergency room or hospital visits for ASD management [ Time Frame: Pre- and post-ketogenic diet intervention (at baseline, and after three and six months on the ketogenic diet) ]
    Assess changes through review/analysis of self-report and medical record data.

  • Change from baseline in subject/family satisfaction with the ketogenic diet [ Time Frame: Pre- and post-ketogenic diet intervention (at baseline, and after three and six months on the ketogenic diet) ]
    Assess changes in subject/family satisfaction with the ketogenic diet through review/analysis of responses to a questionnaire.

  • Change from baseline in biochemical profiles due to the ketogenic diet [ Time Frame: Pre- and post-ketogenic diet intervention (at baseline, and after three and six months on the ketogenic diet) ]
    Assess biochemical profile differences and changes through the analysis of serum and urine ketone levels

  • Change from baseline in biochemical profiles due to the ketogenic diet [ Time Frame: Pre- and post-ketogenic diet intervention (at baseline, and after three and six months on the ketogenic diet) ]
    Assess biochemical profile differences and changes through the analysis of blood and stool (gut microbiome) specimen samples


Other Outcome Measures:
  • Possible effects of the ketogenic diet [ Time Frame: Post-ketogenic diet intervention ]
    Participants on the ketogenic diet will be followed clinically with standard of care until they are 21 years of age to examine the long-term benefits or risks of the KD.


Enrollment: 119
Study Start Date: March 2015
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: ASD/KD
Children (2-21 years of age) diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will receive the ketogenic diet (KD) intervention.
Other: Ketogenic Diet
Dietary
Other Names:
  • Classic Ketogenic Diet
  • Shriner's Ketogenic Diet
  • Non-Ketogenic Diet
Active Comparator: ASD/non-KD
Children (2-21 years of age) diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will not receive the ketogenic diet (KD) intervention.
Other: Ketogenic Diet
Dietary
Other Names:
  • Classic Ketogenic Diet
  • Shriner's Ketogenic Diet
  • Non-Ketogenic Diet
Active Comparator: non-ASD/non-KD
Typically developing children (2-21 years of age) diagnosed as not having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will not receive the ketogenic diet (KD) intervention.
Other: Ketogenic Diet
Dietary
Other Names:
  • Classic Ketogenic Diet
  • Shriner's Ketogenic Diet
  • Non-Ketogenic Diet

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  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ages 2-21 years.
  • Primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
  • Parent/legal guardian and child able to read or understand English, and able/willing to provide informed consent/assent.
  • Females of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test result and agree to use a medically acceptable method of contraception throughout the entire study period and for 30 days after the last dose of study drug - childbearing potential is defined a girls who are > Tanner stage 2 and urine pregnancy tests are acceptable.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known cardiac disorder including arrhythmias or hypertension.
  • BMI < 3rd%ile.
  • Carnitine deficiency (primary).
  • Carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT) I or II deficiency.
  • Carnitine translocase deficiency.
  • Beta-oxidation defects - medium-chain acyl dehydrogenase deficiency (MCAD), long-chain acyl dehydrogenase deficiency (LCAD), short-chain acyld dehydrogenase deficiency (SCAD), long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-coenzyme A (CoA) deficiency, and medium-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA deficiency.
  • Pyruvate carboxylase deficiency.
  • Porphyria.
  • Inability to maintain adequate nutrition.
  • Patient or caregiver non-compliance.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02477904


Locations
United States, Hawaii
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Honolulu
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 96826-1099
Sponsors and Collaborators
Shriners Hospitals for Children
University of Hawaii
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Ryan W Lee, MD Shriners Hospitals for Children - Honolulu
  More Information

Publications:

Responsible Party: Ryan Lee, MD, Director - Neurodevelopmental Clinic, Research, Shriners Hospitals for Children
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02477904     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HON1403
First Submitted: June 16, 2015
First Posted: June 23, 2015
Last Update Posted: October 23, 2017
Last Verified: October 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes

Keywords provided by Ryan Lee, MD, Shriners Hospitals for Children:
Autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Ketogenic Diet
Biochemical Profiles

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Pathologic Processes
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders