Eur J Paediatr Neurol 2013 Nov 14;17(6):531-6. Epub 2013 Jun 14.
Department of Paediatrics, Hillerød Hospital, 3400 Hillerød, Denmark. Electronic address:
Introduction: Refractory status epilepticus (RSE) in children is associated with a significant risk of death or neurological morbidity. Recently attention has been drawn to the ketogenic diet (KD) as an acute treatment, as it has shown promise in controlling seizures in otherwise refractory status epilepticus in several cases. We have listed these and reviewed all cases of KD used in RSE at our centre. KD was given as 4:1 fat:carbohydrate-protein solution.
Results: A 3-year-old girl with RSE due to Hemiconvulsion-Hemiplegia Epilepsy syndrome. KD was instigated on day 6. Seizures stopped with ketosis on day 7. A 10-year-old boy rapidly developing RSE. After months a mitochondrial disorder was discovered. KD was tried twice with severe side-effects but no seizure control. 11-year-old healthy boy with RSE as FIRES. On KD seizures stopped for 24 h one day after reaching ketosis. He improved over 3-4 weeks.
Discussion: KD was efficient in two of three cases of RSE. The non-responder had severe side-effects and proved to have a mitochondrial disorder which is arguably a contraindication for KD. More studies are needed to prove efficacy of KD in RSE, to define optimal timing of KD and possible contraindications for KD in RSE.