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LOW PRESSURE HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY FOR PEDIATRIC BRAIN INJURY, A MINIMAL RISK MEDICAL TREATMENT

 

Paul G. Harch, M.D., Jamie Deckoff-Jones, M.D., Richard A. Neubauer, M.D., Hyperbaric Medicine Physicians See

authors' affiliations at end of article. Pediatrics Online, 12 Feb 2001 [Response]

 

LOW PRESSURE HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY FOR PEDIA TRIC BRAIN INJURY, A MINIMAL RISK

MEDICAL TREATMENT 12 February 2001 Paul G. Harch, M.D., Jamie Deckoff-Jones, M.D., Richard A. Neubauer,

M.D., Hyperbaric Medicine Physicians

 

LOW PRESSURE HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY FOR PEDIATRIC BRAIN INJURY, A MINIMAL RISK

MEDICAL TREATMENT RESPONSE TO NUTHALL ARTICLE

 

Dear Sirs:

 

We read the recent contribution to your esteemed journal by Nuthall, et al with extreme disappointment. Unfortunately, this article distorts the true complication rate of low-pressure hyperbaric oxygen therapy (LPHBOT) in the treatment of pediatric neurological conditions. Noticeably missing from the paper is an estimate of the frequency with which these complications occur. Without such perspective, this article misleads the medical community and fuels the unfounded fear that LPHBOT is dangerous for children with cerebral palsy, when in fact it is both safe and an extremely useful adjunctive therapy.