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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.

Traumatic Brain Injury Patient Expresses His Gratitude to Harch Hyperbarics for a Better Quality of Life

Post Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in treatment of a head injury I am doing very well in School, starting an on campus Veterans Club.  I am currently writing an investigative essay for my English Comp class.... and yes, I am writing it on HBOT for TBI.  I appreciate everything you all did for me, because of you I am able to get out and interact with people and focus well enough to attend college.  You changed my life, maybe not back to normal, but definitely made my quality of life better.

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;

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.



  • 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


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.

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.