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Children on ketogenic diet risk bleeding and bruising

26 February, 2001

Research published in the journal Annals of Neurology reports that one-third of children with epilepsy who are on the Ketogenic Diet suffer from excessive bruising and bleeding.

Figures from reviews of 51 patients showed an increased risk of bruising in 31 per cent of children on the diet, and an increased risk of other bleeding symptoms in 6 per cent of cases.

The study, conducted by the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, found no consistent relationship between the bleeding disorders and response to diet or treatment with any specific anti-convulsant medication.

The head of the research team, Dr Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, concludes the report by suggesting that patients on the Ketogenic diet about to undergo anticoagulation therapy or surgery be evaluated carefully for signs and symptoms of bleeding tendency.