The disease

(J. Klepper, Aschaffenburg; updated 01.2007)

GLUT1 deficiency syndrome (GLUT1 DS) was first described in 1991. It is one of the few epilepsies in childhood that can be treated effectively by initiating a special “ketogenic” diet. For this reason this condition should be excluded in any child with intractable epilepsy by means of a fasting lumbar puncture.

To date close to 100 patients have been identified worldwide.