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HBOT in the Treatment of Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury:

 

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY:

FROM LOUISIANA BOXERS TO U.S. VETERANS, AN AMERICAN CHRONOLOGY

 

PAUL G. HARCH, M.D.
CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
LSU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, NEW ORLEANS

 

The application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be traced to clinical practice and research in South Florida and New Orleans, Louisiana. It is well known that the practice of HBOT in chronic neurological conditions was pioneered by the late Dr. Richard Neubauer in the 1970s. Beginning with a serendipitous finding of gratuitous neurological improvement in two multiple sclerosis patients undergoing HBOT for chronic bone infections, Dr. Neubauer began applying HBOT to patients with other neurological conditions, primarily stroke. In 1994, he published his first case of HBOT treatment of chronic TBI in the Southern Medical Journal.

 




Chad Rovira Acute TBI treated with HBOT

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