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Oxygen Treatment Holds Promise For Those With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Oxygen Treatment Holds Promise For Those With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted by Pierce Egerton

Monday, November 28, 2011 12:57 PM EST

 

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-concussion syndrome (PCS) are all too frequently the result of motor vehicle accidents. Those who suffer such injuries often endure long-lasting effects. New research from Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center offers new hope for those with TBI/PCS – even those whose injury may have been years before.

 

Research led by Dr. Paul Harch, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at LSUHSC and published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, found that treatment with hyperbaric oxygen nearly three years after injury significantly improved function and quality of life for veterans with TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 

Sixteen US veterans injured in Iraq who had been diagnosed with mild-moderate traumatic brain injury/post-concussion syndrome (TBI/PCS) or traumatic brain injury/post-concussion syndrome/post-traumatic distress disorder (TBI/PCS/PTSD) were enrolled in the pilot study. The veterans underwent 40 treatments of low-dose hyperbaric oxygen therapy during 60-minute sessions over a 30-day period. They were retested within a week after treatment.

 

LSUHSC RESEARCH SHOWS RX WITH HYPERBARIC OXYGEN IMPROVED TBI & PTSD IN VETS

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LSUHSC Research Shows Rx with Hyperbaric Oxygen Improved TBI & PTSD in Veterans

           

New Orleans, LA – Research led by Dr. Paul Harch, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has found that treatment with hyperbaric oxygen nearly three years after injury significantly improved function and quality of life for veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The findings are available online now in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

            Sixteen US veterans injured in Iraq who had been diagnosed with mild-moderate traumatic brain injury/post-concussion syndrome (TBI/PCS) or traumatic brain injury/post-concussion syndrome/post-traumatic distress disorder (TBI/PCS/PTSD) were enrolled in the pilot study. They completed a history and physical exam as well as a clinical interview by a neuropsychologist, psychometric testing, symptom and quality of life questionnaires, and baseline SPECT (Single-photon emission computed tomography) brain blood flow imaging prior to treatment. The veterans then underwent 40 treatments of low-dose hyperbaric oxygen therapy during 60-minute sessions over a 30-day period. They were retested within a week after treatment.

Traumatic Brain Injury Patient Expresses His Gratitude to Harch Hyperbarics for a Better Quality of Life

Post Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in treatment of a head injury I am doing very well in School, starting an on campus Veterans Club.  I am currently writing an investigative essay for my English Comp class.... and yes, I am writing it on HBOT for TBI.  I appreciate everything you all did for me, because of you I am able to get out and interact with people and focus well enough to attend college.  You changed my life, maybe not back to normal, but definitely made my quality of life better.

A Phase I Study of Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Blast-Induced Post Concussion Syndrome Post Traumatic Stress

A Phase I Study of Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for

Blast-Induced Post Concussion Syndrome and

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

 

Harch P, Andrews SR, Fogarty E, Amen DG, Pezzullo JC, Lucarini J, Aubrey C, Taylor DV, Staab P, Van Meter K.

 

Louisians State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Medicine, 1816 Industrial Blvd, Harvey, Louisiana, United States, 70058, 504-366-1445, 504-366-1029; paulharchmd@gmail.com.

This is a preliminary report on the safety and efficacy of 1.5 ATA HBOT in military subjects with chronic blast-induced mild-moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI)/post-concussion syndrome (PCS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Method: 16 military subjects received forty 1.5 ATA/60 minute HBOTs in 30 days. 

Symptoms, physical and neurological exams, SPECT brain imaging, neuropsychological and psychological testing were completed before and within one week after treatment.

 

Results:

  • subjects experienced reversible middle ear barotrauma (5)
  • transient deterioration in symptoms (4),
  • and reversible bronchospasm (1); one subject withdrew.

 

Post treatment testing demonstrated significant improvement in:

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