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: 215-590-2950
Stockholm’s University, Stockholm SE, 1983.
B.S. (Chemistry)
Gannon University-Cum Laude, Erie PA, 1986.
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.
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

A.G. Christina Bergqvist, and Robert De Baun PhD. : “Ketogenic Diet-AID” The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ketogenic diet computer program software. 2001.

Bergqvist AGC: “Tics" In: The 5-minute Pediatric Consult, Second Edition. Schwartz MW (eds.). William & Wilkins Page: 814-815, 2000.

Bergqvist AGC: “Encephalitis” In: The 5-minute Pediatric Consult, Second Edition Schwartz MW (eds.). William & Wilkins Page: 344-345, 2000.

Roberts C, Berman P, Brown L, Brooks-Kayal A, Clancy R, Duhaime A, Melamed S, Ryan S, Bergqvist C. : “Use of the vagus nerve stimulator in children with intractable epilepsy: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia experience.” Epilepsia 41(S7): 197, 2000.

Bergqvist AGC, Chee CM, Lutchka L and Brook-Kayahl A : “Successful treatment of Acquired Epileptic Aphasia with the ketogenic diet.” Journal of Child Neurology 14(11): 696-701, November 1999.

Bergqvist AGC, Chee CM, Bettler JE, Berman PH, Stallings VA. : “Zinc deficiency resulting from the ketogenic diet.” Epilepsia (40)S7: 133, 1999.

Chee CM, Bettler JE, Berman PH, Stallings VA, Bergqvist AGC. : “Osteopenia and the ketogenic diet.“ Epilepsia (40)S7: 72, 1999.

Bettler JE, Bergqvist AGC, Chee CM : “The use of an exchange list with the ketogenic diet.” Epilepsia (40)S7: 128, 1999.

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

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