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The Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Patients Suffering From Neurologic Deficiency Due Traumatic Brain Injury

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center Identifier:
First received: July 14, 2008
Last updated: May 6, 2013
Last verified: October 2008

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Due to improvements in emergency medical care, transportation and specialized trauma facilities, the number of people surviving TBI with impairment has significantly increased in recent years. The long term cognitive sequelae, which are often not visible persist far beyond the resolution of the obvious physical disabilities. This combined with the relatively low awareness of the general public has designated TBI as the "silent epidemic" (TBI CDC 2006). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been suggested as a possible treatment modality for these cases and preliminary studies are promising.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of HBOT in the treatment of chronic mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). Sequential SPECT scans of the brain and neurocognitive testing will be used to evaluate cerebral blood flow (CBF) response, cognitive and functional improvement following treatment.

Condition Intervention
Neurologic Deficiency Traumatic Brain Injury Procedure: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Neurologic evaluation [ Time Frame: 2 and 4 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: August 2008
Primary Completion Date: June 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
40 consecutive one hour treatments at 1.5 ATA with 100% O2
Procedure: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
40 consecutive one hour treatments at 1.5 ATA with 100% O2
No Intervention: 2

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • TBI patients age 16 or older who are at least one year post injury with stable cognitive deficits will be recruited

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Had been treated with HBOT for any indiction prior to their inclusion.
  • Have any other indication for HBOT
  • Chest pathology incompatible with pressure changes
  • Inner ear disease
  • Patients suffering from claustrophobia.
  • Inability to give written informed consent by the patient or his trustee.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00715052

Research & Development unit, Asaf-Harofeh Medical Center
Zerifin, Israel, 70300
Sponsors and Collaborators
Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Shai Efrati, Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center Identifier: NCT00715052     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HBOtbi1
Study First Received: July 14, 2008
Last Updated: May 6, 2013

Keywords provided by Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center:
neurologic deficiency due traumatic brain injury

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Brain Injuries
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Trauma, Nervous System processed this record on September 21, 2017