A Phase I Study of Low-Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Blast-Induced Post-Concussion Syndrome and
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN AND CHRONIC TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Eight active duty and eight recently retired servicemen were self-referred or referred by their military commanders/physicians. Fourteen subjects had pre-study diagnoses of TBI/PCS with PTSD, and two subjects had TBI/PCS. Prestudy diagnostic evaluations and criteria were not available to the study authors. All subjects underwent brain MRI in the military prior to treatment. All subjects gave informed consent and enrolled in LSU IRB #7051.
Dr. Paul Harch, an LSU Health Sciences Center emergency medicine professor, is starting a pilot study on treating people with chronic traumatic brain and post traumatic stress disorder, according to a statement from LSU Health Sciences Center.
The study will examine 30 participants, half with traumatic brain injury and half with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, the statement says. Participants will undergo oral, written and computer tests as well as brain imaging before and after receiving 40 to 80 treatments of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Researchers are looking to see if the therapy improves thinking ability, and quality of life and reduces post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 2 percent of the population needs long-term assistance because of a traumatic brain injury, the statement says. Traumatic brain injury has been the “signature” injury of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the statement says. For more information or to determine if you qualify, call (504) 309-4948.
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