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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.

Soccer concussion​ TBI: College student gets HBOT for head injury

Everything I wrote to Dr. Harch was sincere and felt deeply.  Two years back, when I found out about the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for concussions and head injury, I could see my son deteriorating in front of my eyes and it was unbearable at times.  
We're looking forward to our trip back to Family Physicians in May.  I think Dr. Harch will see a great improvement.  He still copes with anxiety, but is managing it. He is definitely moving beyond his comfort zone and even after setbacks, he comes back with more strength and determination and continues to improve.  None of this would have been possible without HBOT.


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment for wounds in the body in any location and of any duration.  
In the past two decades it has been increasingly successfully applied to patients with chronic traumatic brain injury of all severities, first by myself 1-9 and then by others.10-16  The early human experience was duplicated in an animal model that constitutes the only improvement of chronic brain injury in animals in the history of science.17  The study was performed using the human protocol.  In severe traumatic brain injury there are two controlled trials11,12 and in mild traumatic brain injury post-concussion syndrome there are two randomized controlled trials.14,16  All studies in chronic TBI done in this dosing range have shown positive results. This body of literature not only supports hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic neurocognitive residual of traumatic brain injury as a medical necessity, but also constitutes evidence-based medicine according to the definition of Sackett.18  In addition, there is no comparatively effective therapy.
 Stated by Paul G. Harch, M.D.

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

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