No Post-Concussion Symptom Benefit with Hyperbaric Oxygen

Hyperbaric oxygen chamber
Hyperbaric oxygen chamber
Hyperbaric oxygen was no more effective than a sham procedure for treating post-concussion symptoms.

Improvement has been anecdotally observed in patients with persistent post-concussion symptoms (PCS) after mild traumatic brain injury following treatment with hyperbaric oxygen (HBO). The effectiveness of HBO as an adjunctive treatment for PCS is unknown to date.

This study consisted of a multicenter, double-blind, sham-controlled clinical trial of 72 military service members with ongoing symptoms at least 4 months after mild traumatic brain injury enrolled at military hospitals in Colorado, North Carolina, California, and Georgia between April 26, 2011, and August 24, 2012.  Assessments occurred before randomization, at the midpoint, and within 1 month after completing the interventions.

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