Study: Hyperbaric therapy treats brain injuries
By ELLYN COUVILLION
Advocate staff writer
Published: Mar 16, 2010
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Promising results from an LSU pilot study that treated veterans suffering traumatic brain injury with hyperbaric oxygen therapy have led to a national trial that will be launched in the coming weeks.
Dr. Paul Harch, a clinical associate professor with the LSU Interim Public Hospital in New Orleans, presented the cases of 15 military veterans during a meeting of the Eighth World Congress of the International Brain Injury Association in Washington, D.C. The cases all involved veterans who were helped by the treatments.
On Monday, Harch participated in a teleconference to explain the treatment process and trial results to journalists.
To date, Harch has treated nearly 40 veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury, usually as a result of explosions, with the hyperbaric oxygen therapy originally developed to help deep-sea divers suffering from brain decompression illness.