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Hyperbaric Oxygen May Not Hold Therapeutic Benefit For Mild TBI

journalA new study indicates that therapeutic exposure to a high oxygen environment may not offer significant advantages to patients seeking to minimize the concussion symptoms resulting from mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the study, appearing in the Journal of Neurotrauma, a prospective trial conducted at the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine was used to assess the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) on post-concussion symptoms in 50 military servicepersons who had reportedly sustained at least one combat-related mild TBI.

Researchers note that they compared the results following 30 session of HBO2, 2.4 atmospheres absolute pressure, or placebo treatment during an 8-week period. According to the results, researchers George Wolf, MD, Leonardo Profenna, MD, US Air Force School of Aerospace, San Antonio, Texas, William Carne, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, and Laura Baugh, MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Department of Neurology, Bethesda, Md, note that both patient groups exhibited significant improvement in concussion assessment and cognitive testing scores during the study.

John T. Povlishock, PhD, editor-in-chief, Journal of Neurotrauma adds that the study, “addresses a continued area of controversy, particularly as it relates to the treatment of our military personnel sustaining mild traumatic brain injury…the compelling data in this communication does not support any therapeutic value for hyperbaric oxygen treatment, striking a cautionary note for those involved in the care and management of this patient population.”

Source: Journal of Neurotrauma