Department of Neurology

Department of Neurology
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A.G. Christina Bergqvist, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Attending Pediatrician, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Director Ketogenic Diet Program-Division of Neurology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Consultant Neurologist, Department of Newborn Pediatrics-Neonatology, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA
Consultant, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA.
Department: Neurology

Contact information
Division of Neurology
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Colket Translational Research Building
Suite 10026
3501 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-590-1719
Fax: 215-590-1771
Education:
(Statistics)
Stockholm’s University, Stockholm SE, 1983.
B.S. (Chemistry)
Gannon University-Cum Laude, Erie PA, 1986.
M.D.
Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA, 1992.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Pediatrics, St Christopher's Hospital for Children/ Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA, 1992-1993.
Resident in Pediatrics, St Christopher’s Hospital for Children/ Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA, 1993-1994.
Child Neurology Resident, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/ University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, 1994-1997.
Fellowship in Clinical Neuro-Physiology, EEG and Epilepsy, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA, 1997-1999.
Certifications
National Board of Medical Examiners American Academy of Neurology and Psychiatry with specialization in Child Neurology , 1999.
Maintenance of Certification in Child Neurology, 2010.
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Certification in Epilepsy., 2013.
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Description of Research Expertise

Selected Publications

Research Publications, peer reviewed.

1. Bergqvist AGC, Goldberg H, Thorarensen O, Bird S. Posterior cervical spinal cord infarction following vertebral artery dissection. Neurology,48(8):1112-1115, 1997.

2. Bergqvist AGC. Side Effects of Epilepsy. Epilepsy Quarterly, 6(1):4, 11-12, 1998.

3. Bergqvist AGC, Chee CM, Lutchka L and Brooks-Kayal A. Successful Treatment of Acquired Epileptic Aphasia with the Ketogenic Diet. J Child Neurol, 14(11):696-701,1999.

4. Telfeian EA, Bergqvist AGC, Danielak C, Simon SL, Duhaime A. Recovery of Language after left hemispherectomy in a sixteen year old girl with late onset seizures. Pediatr Neurosurg, 37(1):19-21, 2002.

5. Bergqvist AGC, Chee CM, Lutchka L, Rychik J, Stallings VA. Selenium Deficiency Associated with Cardiomyopathy: A complication of the Ketogenic Diet. Epilepsia,44(4):618-620, 2003.

6. Wang ZJ, Bergqvist AGC, Hunter JV, et al. In vivo Measurement of Brain Metabolites Using Two-Dimensional Double-Quantum MR SpectroscopyExploration of GABA Levels in a Ketogenic Diet. Mag Reson Med, 49(4):615-619, 2003.

7. Farina L, Bergqvist AGC, Zimmerman RA, Haselgrove J, Hunter JV, Bilaniuk LT. Acute diffusion abnormalities in the hippocampus of children with new-onset of seizures: the development of mesial temporal sclerosis.
Neuroradiology, 46(4):251-257, 2004.

8. Bergqvist AGC, Schall JI, Gallagher PR, Cnaan A and Stallings V. Gradual versus fasting introduction of the ketogenic diet: A prospective randomized clinical trial of efficacy. Epilepsia, 46(11)1810-1819, 2005.

9. Bergqvist AGC, Schall JI, Stallings VA. Vitamin D status in children with intractable epilepsy, and impact of the ketogenic diet. Epilepsia, 48(1):66-71,2007.


10. Kossoff EH, Pyzik PL, Rubenstein JE, Bergqvist AGC, Buchhalter JR, Donner EJ, Nordli DR, Wheless JW. Combined ketogenic diet and vagus nerve stimulation: rational polytherapy? Epilepsia, 48(1):77-81, 2007.

11. Bergqvist AGC, Schall JI, Richard EL, Gallagher PR, Stallings VA. Predictive power of first morning glucose and the ketogenic diet. Neuropediatrics,38:193-196, 2007.

12. Kilaru S, Bergqvist AGC. Current Treatment of myoclonic astatic epilepsy: Clinical experience at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Epilepsia,48(9):1-5, 2007.

13. Volpe S, Schall JI, Stallings VA, Gallagher MA, Stallings VA, Bergqvist AGC.Nutrient intake of children with intractable epilepsy compared to healthy children. J Am Diet Assoc, 107:1014-1018, June 2007.

14. Bergqvist AGC, Schall JI, Trabulsi J, Stallings VA. Growth failure in children with intractable epilepsy is not due to increased resting energy expenditure.Dev Med & Child Neuro, 50:439-444, April 2008.

15. Caspari SS, Bergqvist AGC, Kotegal S, Strand EA. Obstructive sleep apnea, seizures,and childhood apraxia of speech. Peds Neurology,38:422-425, March 2008.

16. Bergqvist AGC, Schall AI, Stallings VA, Zemel BS. Progressive bone mineral content loss in children with intractable epilepsy treated with the ketogenic diet. Am J Clin Nutr, 88:1678-1684

Research Publications, peer-reviewed reviews:

1. Bergqvist AGC. Idiopathic Pediatric Epilepsy Syndromes. Continuum/Epilepsy,13(4):106-120, August 2007.

2. Kossoff EH, Zupec-Kania BA, Amark PE, Ballaban-Gil KR, Bergqvist AGC, Blackford R, Buchhalter JR, Caraballo RH, Cross JH, Dahlin MD, Donner EJ, Klepper J, Jehle RS, Kim HD, Liu YMC, Nation J, Nordli DR, Pfeifer HH, Rho JM, Stafstrom CE, Thiele EA, Turner Z, Wirrell EC, Wheless JW, Veggiotti P, Vining EPG, and The Charlie Foundation, and the Practice Committee of the Child Neurology Society (2008) Optimal clinical management of children receiving the ketogenic diet: Recommendations of the International Ketogenic Diet Study Group. Epilepsia Published Online: 25-Sept-2008; doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2008.01765.x

Selected Publications

Bergqvist AGC, Fenton C, Chee C, Groveman, S, Rice C and Wardley BL: A taste and acceptance study of a low carbohydrate, vitamin, mineral and trace element supplement for use in the Ketogenic diet utilizing a family day concept for recruitment. Infant Child & Adolescent Nutrition July submitted 2015.

Groveman S, Fenton C, Randall R, Chee C, Bergqvist AGC : Improved lipid profile with ketocal® 4:1 liquid. Infant Child & Adolescent Nutrition 7(3): 157-161, June 2015.

Marsh ED, Bergqvist AGC, Medne L, Hassoun P, Gonatas NK, Eagle RC, and LB O'Rorke-Adams: Profound hypomyelination in a case of a severe early epileptic encephalopathy due to a suspected polyol disorder. Journal of Child Neurology June submitted 2015.

Fenton C, Groveman S, Chee C, AGC Bergqvist : Use of Expressed Breast Milk with the Ketogenic Diet. Infant, Child & Adolescent Nutrition June accepted 2015.

Groleau V,Schall J, Stallings V, Bergqvist AGC : Long Term Impact of Ketogenic Diet on Growth and Resting Energy Expenditure in Children with Intractable Epilepsy Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology April 2014 Notes: doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12462. [Epub ahead of print).

Li H, Jauregui J ,Fenton C, Chee C, Bergqvist AGC: Epilepsy Treatment Simplified through Mobile Ketogenic Diet Planning. Journal of Medical Application April 2014.

Taub K, Kilaru-Kessler S, Bergqvist AGC: Risk of Seizure Recurrence After Achieving Initial Seizure Freedom on the Ketogenic Diet. Epilepsia 55(4): 579-83, April 2014 Notes: published ahead on line doi: 10.1111/epi.12583. Epub 2014 Mar 27.

Keller MD, Ganesh J, Heltzer M, Paessler M, Bergqvist AGC, Kaplan B, Rosenblatt D, Orange JS. : Severe combined immunodeficiency resulting from mutations in MTHFD1 Pediatrics 131(22): e629-34, Feb 2013.

Kilaru Kessler S, Gallagher PG, Shellhaas RA, Clancy RR, Bergqvist AGC: Early EEG improvement after ketogenic diet initiation. Epilepsy Research. Elsevier, 94: 94-101, February 2011 Notes: Accepted Jan 2011, online Feb 2011.

Fenton,C., Chee, C.M., Bergqvist, A.G.C: Manipulation of types of fats and cholesterol intake can successfully improve the lipid profile while maintaining the efficacy of the ketogenic diet. Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition 1(6): 338-341, December 2009 Notes: Accepted for publication october 12, 2009.

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