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Lafora disease


Other Names for this Disease

  • Epilepsy progressive myoclonic 2
  • EPM2
  • Lafora body disorder
  • MELF
  • Myoclonic epilepsy of Lafora
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Is a ketogenic diet known to help individuals with Lafora disease?

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Is a ketogenic diet known to help individuals with Lafora disease (LD)?

The impact of a long-term ketogenic diet in LD was studied in five individuals (Cardinali et al. 2006). Although the ketogenic diet was well-tolerated by patients and nutritional measures and laboratory findings remained stable, the ketogenic diet did not stop disease progression. The authors concluded that a ketogenic diet may still be able to slow down the progression of Lafora disease in some patients. However, larger studies are needed to evaluate the impact of a ketogenic diet in treating patients with LD.[1]
Last updated: 4/12/2012

References
  • Cardinali S, Canafoglia L, Bertoli S, Franceschetti S, Lanzi G, Tagliabue A, Veggiotti P. A pilot study of a ketogenic diet in patients with Lafora body disease. Epilepsy Res. 2006; 69(2):129-34. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16504479. Accessed 4/12/2012.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Epilepsy progressive myoclonic 2
  • EPM2
  • Lafora body disorder
  • MELF
  • Myoclonic epilepsy of Lafora
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.