Hyperbaric Chambers for Encephalitis and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Study

Patients with viral encephalitis from ages 1 yr. to 11 yrs. were treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The treated group consisted of 47 patients, 28 male and 19 female. The control group consisted of 45 patients, 24 male and 21 female. Viral encaphalitis presents a model for the inflammation that may be part of autism. Studies such as this provide a basis for the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for autism. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was provided at 1.8 atm abs for 80 minutes daily for 10 days in a pure oxygen monoplace unit. The control group received supportive therapy with appropriate drugs.


Table 1. Comparison of the Curative Effect of the High Pressure Oxygen Treatment
Group and the Control Group

Group Cases # Cured # (%) Effective # (%) Ineffective # (%) Total Effective (%)
Treatment 47 18 (38.3) 25 (55.3) 3 (6.4) 93.6
Control 45 8 (17.8) 20 (44.5) 17 (37.8) 62.2
P Value <0.05 N.S. <0.0001 <0.01


Clearly, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is effective for the treatment of encephalitis in childhood.

Hyperbaric oxygen has an important role in the treatment of brain injury, and perhaps also developmental disorders. (See: The role of Hyperbaric-Oxygen Therapy for intracranial pathology in Intensive Care).

Since we know of no data on the use of hyperbaric oxygen for developmental disorders, and, since patients are doing these therapies, we will endeavor to review what is known, so that parents can at least make informed choices. In Pennsylvania, the range of cost for hyperbaric treatments is from a low of $110 per treatment in Columbia, Pennsylvania, in the center of the state, to a high of $850 per treatment at St. Francis Hospital, in Pittsburgh. This range apparently exists around the country, with the most common charges being in the $225 to $280 range.

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Encephalic Lesions and Hyperbaric Oxygen

Hyperbaric-Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been used to treat encephalic lesions for over a decade.

Encephalitis can compromise blood supply to vital brain tissue, as can stroke, arterial narrowing, and arteritis (inflammation of the arteries). When blood supply of an area is compromised, a shadow like spread (called a penumbral zone) of damage occurs around the compromised area. HBOT can reduce damage to the areas of the brain that have reduced oxygen flow (ischemia) through improved bio-availability of oxygen in these ischemic areas, and indirectly through regulatory action of cerebral flow that improves perfusion in “critical” areas.

HBOT improves oxygen diffusibility throughout the brain, lowering lactates and raising ATP in affected areas; improving glucose metabolism by lowering production of substances, like aspartate and glutamate, which are responsible for over-response of the receptors; improving metabolic processes and perfusional flow distribution, bringing the generation of free radicals in the intracranial area under greater control.

As therapy can act only on areas not irreversibly damaged, treatment must occur as early as possible.

Uploaded by on Oct  4, 2009

“Girl with Encephalitis able to go back to tap dancing after receiving a few weeks of treatments with hyperbaric oxygen chambers.  Hyperbaric chambers with pressure and oxygen can Provide miraculous benefits for people with traumatic brain disorders.

Uploaded by on Mar 11, 2010

http://www.balancedhealthtoday.com/hyperbaric-chamber.html A Stroke damages the brain and many of the pathways or neural connections to the muscles have been destroyed or damaged and many will never return. Our brain may no longer recognize our body’s position in space let alone how to take control of it, however the brain has a great deal of plasticity and redundancy and it is possible to help restore some of the lost function by training other portions of the brain to take over.
It is not an easy process and takes a great deal of time and dedication, however, it is possible to make improvement! Stroke survivors are often told in traditional therapy, treatment or rehabilitation that “”anything you haven’t gotten back in the first 90 days you might never get back!””
The stroke therapy offered at Ability Camp combines Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to help stimulate the injured brain and an intensive and focused therapeutic exercise program called Conductive Education to help repair or form new connections from the brain to the muscles.
With the combination of these two therapies we have been able to help people make improvements even 15 years after their stroke occurred.

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the signature wound of the Iraq War–yet the United States government itself is preventing access to the veterans from accessing HBOT–the most effective tool for correcting brain-injury, so strongly evidenced by this video. Attending physician is Dr. Paul Harch, MD of New Orleans. His web page is http://www.HBOT.com

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