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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.

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:

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatments Prove Effective for Army Sergeant with TBI / PTSD

The American Legion Magazine

 

The War Within: Part II- Paths to Healing

The prescription for relief from PTS is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

By Steve B. Brooks - October 1, 2011

http://www.legion.org/magazine/159052/war-within-part-ii-paths-healing

 

Tim HeckerThe prescription for relief from PTS is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

 

Tim Hecker joined the Army at 18 and soon decided to make a career of it. He served 22 years in all, in and out of combat, rising to the rank of master sergeant. In the summer of 1990, he married his high‑school sweetheart, Tina, and the couple had three children.

Then Tim couldn't remember having married Tina. He couldn't tell his sons apart. Their names escaped him.

Injuries suffered in two separate roadside-bomb explosions in a span of two months in Iraq in early 2008 left him with a traumatic brain injury and severe post-traumatic stress. He was no longer the man Tina had married.

Tulane to Host Paul Harch MD HBOT in Cerebral Palsy, Pediatric Brain Injury, Autism and More

Tulane University to Host Paul G. Harch MD Learn What More Than Hope Can Be Done for Cerebral Palsy, Pediatric Brain Injury, Autism, ADHD, ADD, & Learning Disorders

It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue.  Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level.  In many cases, such as: circulatory problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body's natural healing ability is unable to function properly.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves the quality of life of the patient in many areas when standard medicine is not working.  Many conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, head injuries, and chronic fatigue have responded favorably to HBOT.

Has your child or do you know someone whose child has been diagnosed with ADHD learning disability or ADD? They’ve been prescribed medication…and your prescription is simply to hope…

Does your child or do you know someone who’s child has cerebral palsy…they’ve had therapy, surgeries…and your asked simply to hope for the best…

Ronald McDonald House Child’s Testimony of HBOT for Brain Trauma

A Child’s Testimony of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Brain Trauma and the Warm Hospitality of the Ronald McDonald House

 The Ronald McDonald House of New Orleans  has been brightened up with the smiles and cheerful squeals of 4 year old Rusty Webb. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and has been undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) treatments at the Family Physicians Center with Dr. Paul Harch.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Healing Under Pressure

A Hyperbaric Oxygen Multiplace Chamber

 

Healing Under Pressure

 

A Testimony of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy By Kathy Summers

 

 

HBOT for Angiogenesis

Last summer I broke the neck of my femur clear through (technically a hip fracture) when my horse launched me like a rubber band into the dirt. But that wasn’t the scary part. The fracture was nothing compared to how I felt when the emergency room staff said the words “hip replacement. ”My orthopedic surgeon decided to try setting the bone first, but he gave me slim odds for healing. He said I had almost certainly severed the capillaries that feed the head of the femur, and with no backup blood flow it would begin to die (called avascular necrosis or AVN). When I asked what I could do to prevent this, he said, “Just one thing: hyperbaric oxygen. ”I immediately signed up for 20 daily treatments at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn in Scottsdale, Arizona.

How HBOT Benefits Maximum Medical Improvement

To benefit from this peculiar therapy all you do is breathe. The key is to breathe 100 percent pure oxygen through a mask or hood for one to two hours a day while sitting in a pressurized chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) works according to a simple law of physics that says oxygen under pressure dissolves into the body’s fluids—including blood plasma, lymph, and cerebral spinal fluid—where it can speed healing.

Hyperbaric Chambers

Hyperbaric hospitals and clinics typically operate monoplace chambers that resemble glass coffins, but I shared dives (as they sometimes call the treatments) in a 12-person multiplace chamber that looks like a submarine. Other than some ear pressure aI healed completely with no complications and no need for a hip replacement. I was lucky because few orthopedic surgeons refer hip fracture patients for HBOTnd temperature changes similar to landing in an airplane, the experience is comfortable with no serious side effects.

In cases like mine, HBOT can help the body develop new blood vessels [angiogenesis], remodel bone, and reduce secondary swelling and bruising if it is provided soon enough after the injury or surgery. “When you reduce the inflammatory edema you get rid of the bruising a lot quicker, so you get better circulation to the injured areas,” says Dennis Weiland, MD, Scottsdale Healthcare’s director of hyperbaric medicine. In fact, not only did my deep bruises disappear quickly, I healed completely with no complications and no need for a hip replacement. I was lucky because few orthopedic surgeons refer hip fracture patients for HBOT. Doctors are more likely to prescribe the treatments for wounds that won’t heal.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Decompression Illness in Divers

DIVERS ALERT NETWORKDECOMPRESSION ILLNESS IN DIVERS: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

Diana Marie Barratt, MD, MPH, Paul C. Harch MD, and Keith Van Meter, MD

(THE NEUROLOGIST 8:186-202, 2002)

BACKGROUND- Neurologists may be consulted to diagnose and treat the severe neurologic injuries that can occur in divers with decompression illness (DCI).

REVIEW SUMMARY- Subclinical bubbles form during normal diving activity. DCI, a diffuse and multifocal process, results when bubbles cause symptoms by exerting mass effect in tissues, or obstructing venous or arterial flow. The lower thoracic spinal cord is a commonly affected area of the central nervous system. The most commonly described form of brain DCI is cerebral arterial gas embolism with middle cerebral artery or vertebrobasilar distribution involvement. Bubbles exert secondary damage to the vascular endothelium, causing activation of numerous biochemical cascades.

CONCLUSIONS- Divers can develop DCI on very short dives or in shallow water, even when adhering to protocols. DCI should be strongly considered when divers experience pain after diving. Any neurologic symptoms after a dive are abnormal and should be attributed to DCI. Even doubtful cases should be treated immediately with hyperbaric oxygen (HBOT), after a chest x-ray to rule out pneumothorax. The Divers Alert Network should be contacted for emergency consultation. Delay to treatment can worsen outcome; however, the overwhelming majority of divers respond to HBOT even days to weeks after injury. Although DCI is a clinical diagnosis, magnetic resonance imaging, somatosensory evoked potentials, single-photon emission tomography, and neuropsychologic testing help to document disease and monitor response to therapy. Divers should be treated with HBOT until they reach a clinical plateau. Complete relief of symptoms occurs in 50% to 70% of divers; 30% have partial relief.

Decompression illness (DCI) is a systemic disease that can result in severe neurologic consequences. Neurologists may be consulted to assist in the diagnosis and management of injured divers. This article reviews the English literature on the diagnosis and treatment of DCI, with an emphasis on United States practice patterns.

From the Department of Neurology, Louisiana State University in New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana and the Department of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine, Louisiana State University in New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for TBI/PTSD Gives a Soldier His Life Back

Jake went down to Dr. Paul Harch’s office in Morrero LA, for Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy (HBOT) in December '08.  Jake was honorably discharged from the US Marine Corps due to a head injury.  He received HBOT treatment, and was in, what we believe, the best care possible.  We are still thankful for all of those that helped our son. 

To date, Jake is now enrolled at a local vocational school in welding.  Jake also managed to CLEP out of English, Reading and Math.  Prior to HBOT treatment this would not have been possible for my son.  He was unable to retain anything in his short-term memory.  He was unemployable as well.  Even working at a fast-food restaurant would have been impossible, because he’d have to remember orders, etc.  My son was incapable of working prior to treatment.  Though my son is not totally perfect, the improvements that we see in him from day to day leaves no doubt in our minds that Dr. Harch's Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy has given our son his life back.  He is able to function, able to go to school, and able to take care of his needs. 

HBOT treatment should be mandatory for all of our Soldiers and Marines returning from war whom have been subject to PTSD and/or TBI injuries.  This treatment presented results that words just cannot express.  The treatment has impacted our entire family because of the wonderful results we have witnessed.  My son is now able to sleep through most nights.  His nightmares have decreased, and his migraine headaches have also decreased.

The Hyperbaric Chamber: Science, Not Miracle by Nina Subbotina

Nina Subbotina M.D., Ph.D is a specialist in hyperbaric medicine. She is the author of the first scientific book about this specialty written in Spanish: Medicina Hiperbárica.  Here is a first look at her latest book The Hyperbaric Chamber: O2 Science Not Miracle.

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