[abstract] PEDIATRIC CEREBRAL PALSY TREATED BY 1.5 ATA HYPERBARIC OXYGEN - A PILOT STUDY

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[abstract] PEDIATRIC CEREBRAL PALSY TREATED BY 1.5 ATA HYPERBARIC OXYGEN - A PILOT STUDY

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Title: [abstract] PEDIATRIC CEREBRAL PALSY TREATED BY 1.5 ATA HYPERBARIC OXYGEN - A PILOT STUDY
Author: Barrett, KF; Corson, KP; Mader, JT
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To determine if 1.5 ATA hyperbaric oxygen therapy can ameliorate the neurologic deficits associated with pediatric cerebral palsy. BACKGROUND: Numerous anecdotal reports attest to the amelioration of neurologic deficits in a variety of chronic cerebral insults including cerebral palsy. Improvement is attributed to metabolic upregulation through improved local cerebral blood flow in a residual chronic ischemic penumbra. METHODS: Fourteen children, average age 38 months, were treated with 1.5 ATA hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for a total of sixty treatments administered for one hour daily, five days a week. Thirteen patients completed the study. A modified test of gross motor and fine motor function (GMFM-m) and a modified Ashworth Spasticity Scale were employed before and after hyperbaric therapy. One patient with cortical blindness was assessed with visual evoked potentials before and after HBOT. One patient dropped out of the study before completion. Information was obtained on only four patients. RESULTS: Modest decreases in spasticity and improvements in the modified GMFM scores occurred in all patients completing the study. Cortical visual evoked potentials, which were absent before therapy in one patient, were measurable after HBOT. CONCLUSION: For patients with chronic cerebral palsy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy effected improvements in tests of gross motor and fine motor function. Decreased spasticity, as measured by a modified Ashworth spasticity score also occurred. Functional reorganization in the visual cortex is suggested by the reappearance of visual evoked potentials. cerebral palsy, hyperbaric oxygen, pediatric
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/1246
Date: 2002

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