Clinical guidelines

Clinical guidelines are used by the health professionals at Great Ormond Street Hospital for a wide range of conditions, treatments and tests.

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Administration of Non-Cytotoxic Medication via an Intracerebroventricular Reservoir

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for the administration of non-cytotoxic injection or infusion via an Intracerebroventricular (ICV) reservoir at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). 

This guideline is to be used for the administration of cerliponase alfa/BMN190 and may need to be adapted for administration of other ICV medications. 

For intrathecal or ICV administration of cytotoxic drugs please see the clinical guideline; Intrathecal cytotoxic chemotherapy: administration via a lumbar puncture or Ommaya reservoir.

Ketogenic diet

The ketogenic diet (KD) is a therapeutic diet, which has been shown to improve seizure control in patients with drug resistant epilepsy, and is used in some patients with metabolic conditions for example, glucose transporter type 1 deficiency syndrome (GLUT1) and pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency (PDH).

Skin biopsy: punch method

The skin is complex with an array of functions. It is the body’s largest organ, protecting the deeper tissues and organs from mechanical damage, chemical damage, bacterial damage, ultraviolet radiation and thermal damage. The skin aids in regulating body temperature, in excretion of urea and uric acid and also synthesis of vitamin D (Marieb 2012).