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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

A proud mother, Cynthia's sons story after 40 HBOT treatments

 

A proud mother, Cynthia

 

My son was shaken 21 years ago. He sustained severe head trauma, lost the sight in his dominant eye, he has balance difficulties, and an IQ of 50. We have tried numerous therapies, including music therapy at a university and private lessons, intensive speech therapy, exercise Therapy, two extra tutoring schools, a private tutor for 10 years, and neuro feedback. I’m sure some of these helped because he now is an excellent driver, holds a part-time job as a service clerk in a grocery store, is taking web computer classes at the local community college.

His father helps him with the computer classes and was a major driving force that helped our son become an Eagle Scout. My husband and I are 59 & 60 and are very nervous about the future of our son when we are gone. He is not capable of living on his own.

We recently learned about Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy. We were fortunate enough to have the specialist in the field , Dr Paul Harch, treat our son.

So far he has had 40 treatments and we are home in Michigan getting ready to return to New Orleans (where Dr Harch practices). We have seen The Spect scans of our son’s brain-before & after the treatments. There is obviously more blood flow in the brain!! We have also observed changes in his conversational ability and he is more sure of himself. He is "waking up". He is more humorous, assertive, reading more smoothly, is more helpful. We saw “miracles” when we were at the hyperbaric clinic. This treatment would change the lives of the countless innocent babies that have been shaken. The sooner the baby is treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, the more dramatic the results. These babies could grow up without being blind and mentally challenged.

I am begging you to investigate this therapy for all children that have sustained TBI.

I will check in after the next treatments. Our son’s brain injury is so old, we know he will not regain his full capacity-but he will be able to finish School, hold down a good paying job and raise a family of his own. That is what all parents want for their children: a chance.

A proud mother,

Cynthia

Casey's story on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

Tomorrow night (Mon. 8/3/09) on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric there will be a special piece on a veteran that has been followed by 60 Minutes and CBS since his injury 5 years ago in Iraq. He is a double amputee with a brain injury who recently underwent HBOT in New Orleans at our clinic for his TBI. Because of the severity of his injury he was not treated under the current LSU pilot trial that I am conducting. Instead, he became one of my private patients, received the exact same protocol as the study patients, and benefited accordingly. He was so moved by his experience that he called CBS to report the latest chapter in his recovery. I have not seen the final edited segment, but believe that it highlights his plight in the military medical system. I hope it is positive.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Care For Our Wounded Soldiers - Dr Orrison's Response 12/08

 Subject: RE: TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CARE FOR OUR WOUNDED-DEC 08 Orrison

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Sirs and Ma'ams-

Many of you had the good fortune of seeing Dr. Orrison's neuro-radiology
presentation on  December 5th at the "HBOT in TBI" Consensus Conference.
Others have seen Dr. Harch's SPECT brain images of patients he has treated
over the past 18 years.  The quote below will be of interest.

At Dr. Orrison's presentation, he showed 3 patients' whole brain CT scans,
from his practice, who had been treated with HBOT 1.5 by three different
physicians.  All patients had major recovery of brain function. 

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