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HBOT treatment in mTBI

HBOT in Chronic TBI: Oxygen Pressure and Gene Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen in Mild TBI: Conflicting Civilian and Department of Defense Studies Explained. 

Paul G. Harch

Author Affiliations

Section of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, 1542 Tulane Avenue, Rm. 452, New Orleans 70112, LA, USA

Medical Gas Research 2015, 5:9  doi:10.1186/s13618-015-0030-6


30 May 2015


4 July 2015


14 July 2015

© 2015 Harch.

Hyperbarics Breathe Life Into TBI and PTSD Therapy

HBOT Hopeful TBI and PTSD Therapy

For a long time, treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) have been nonexistent, and people experiencing TBI have had to deal with varying levels of physical, mental, and emotional disability because of it.

However, new research has confirmed previous theories that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can be an effective treatment for TBI—and now possibly even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This research, conducted by Dr. Paul Harch, a New Orleans-based hyperbaric medicine physician and researcher, could have significant implications for modern TBI and PTSD treatments.

HBOT as Alternative PTSD Treatment May Be Game-Changer

U.S. American Legion

ALBANY -- A therapy delivering 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber may be a "game-changer" for treating military veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may be a difference maker.
HBOT works for a simple reason. A healthy brain uses 100% of the oxygen the body provides it. However, when there is trauma to the brain, it needs extra oxygen to heal. HBOT provides that extra oxygen.

Low Pressure HBOT and SPECT Scan in Type II Decompression Sickness

We describe a prospective case study of a sport SCUBA diver with Type II Decompression Sickness (brain injury) in which HMPAO SPECT Scan brain imaging with oxygen intervention was used in the identification of potentially recoverable brain tissue which subsequently responded to low pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as demonstrated by improvement in neurological functions and seen in SPECT Scan brain images.

LSU, Miles seeking solutions to the concussion problem

August 12, 2013-© 2013 Tiger Rag [Re-Post permission acquired]

University teaming up with New Orleans doctors who believe they have found the answer

University teaming up with New Orleans doctors who believe they have found the answer

LSU is working with doctors in New Orleans who might just hold the key to eliminating both long and short-term concussion effects. If their research treating brain injuries with hyperbaric oxygen therapy proves fruitful, one of the most pressing issues in sports could finally be showing some light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may revolutionize the way concussions are treated.
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LSU coach Les Miles endorses use of hyperbaric oxygen treatment


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the more oxygen you put into your system for a variety of things the better it is,” Miles said recently.

His personal revelation led Miles to start peppering LSU’s medical staff with questions about the potential of oxygen treatment for injuries. Eventually, it led Miles to the discovery that a pair of doctors in New Orleans, Paul Harch and Keith Van Meter, were at the forefront of hyperbaric oxygen therapy...

A Phase I Study of LP HBOT for Blast-Induced TBI, PCS, and PTSD

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


Traumatic Brain Injury Journal of Neurotrauma

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.

Good News on Veteran's Day 2012: Treatment for PTSD and TBI Among Veterans Shows Results

Good News on Veteran's Day 2012: Treatment for PTSD and TBI Among Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Shows Results

Paul G. Harch, M.D. announces successful treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) for veterans suffering from debilitating concussive brain injury.

(New Orleans, LA) November 05, 2012 -- Following publication of the first case of HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) benefiting veterans with TBI and PTSD in 2009, Dr. Harch and colleagues published confirmatory evidence in January of this year in the prestigious peer-reviewed Journal of Neurotrauma.

The Advocate Baton Rouge Newspaper: "LSU will study brain injury treatments"

LSU will study brain injury treatments

The Advocate February 6, 2009


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.


Leslie Capo
Director of Information Services
LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans