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PKT uses food to reduce the need for medication in specific patient populations. This therapy is low in carbohydrates, meets all nutrient requirements, and is palatable. It takes sustained effort from patients, family, caregivers and the PKT Team but has demonstrated efficacy.
Step 1: Candidates are referred to one of our physicians in the program.
Step 2: Upon evaluation, an informed consent is signed.
Step 3: Pre-Initiation Education
Step 4: Initiation
Step 5: Patient Monitoring with patient and families communicating frequently with the PKT team.
Patients and their families join the “PKT Village” along with the PKT Team. Each member having a critical role in administering PKT to the patient. The PKT Village works together better than a team - we work together as a family.
You can refer pediatric patients to the University of Florida Pediatric Neurology Division and adult patients to the University of Florida Epilepsy Division in the Department of Neurology for evaluation for PKT. If the patients are referred to our PKT program and decide to enroll in the program, the UF neurologist will be the PKT neurologist collaborating with you to coordinate PKT with the rest of the patients' neurological care.
You can establish your PKT program using resources provided on this website. If you desire collaboration with the University of Florida PKT Program in creating your program, we will be happy to work with you.