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mTBI Mechanisms of Action of HBO2 for Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms (BIMA)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Identifier:
First received: May 3, 2012
Last updated: May 2, 2017
Last verified: May 2017
Purpose of this study is to investigate the mechanisms of action of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for persistent post-concussive symptoms after mild tramatic brain injury

Condition Intervention
Traumatic Brain Injury With Brief Loss of Consciousness
Post-Concussion Syndrome
Drug: Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) at 1.5 atms
Drug: Sham control 1.2 atms

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Participant, Investigator
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Brain Injury and Mechanisms of Action of HBO2 for Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (BIMA) Protocol

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Further study details as provided by U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Battery of symptom and quality of life assessments [ Time Frame: 4 years ]
    The primary objective of this randomized study is to provide a rationale for the selection of outcome assessments to serve as primary and secondary endpoints for a pivotal randomizedclinical trial of hyperbaric oxygen for the treatment of PCS. The participants will undergo a comprehensive battery of symptom and quality of life assessments. The distribution of response, change in response over time, homogeneity of variance across subgroups, and relationships between outcome measures will be compared by treatment assignment with a cohort from a study of similar design among a normal study population.

Estimated Enrollment: 72
Study Start Date: September 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Active group (HBO2)
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) at 1.5 atms. Stratified by site and time from injury (less than one year versus one year or more), in which participants are randomized.
Drug: Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) at 1.5 atms
The Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) at 1.5 atms (active) group (hyperbaric oxygen-chamber compressed to 1.5 atm abs and breathing 100% oxygen). Each participant should complete 40 sessions over the course of 12 weeks, one session per day, five per week.
Sham Comparator: Sham control
Sham control 1.2 atms. Each participant will complete 40 sessions, one session per day, five sessions per week, within 12 weeks following randomization. Breathing air at a pressure of 1.2 atm abs is equivalent to inhaling 25% oxygen at sea level pressure (1.0 atm abs).
Drug: Sham control 1.2 atms
The chamber will be compressed with air to 1.2 atm abs to simulate the active group. Participants will don a hood and breathe 21% oxygen (room air). Each participant will complete 40 sessions, one session per day, five sessions per week, within 12 weeks following randomization. Breathing air at a pressure of 1.2 atm abs is equivalent to inhaling 25% oxygen at sea level pressure (1.0 atm abs).


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

  • On active duty (TRICARE beneficiary) at the time of consent and through the 6-month visit or a Veteran, as well as Active Duty military who become Veterans after enrollment.
  • Men and women 18-65 years of age at the time of study enrollment.
  • Able to equalize middle ear pressure in a test of chamber pressure and tolerate the chamber environment.
  • Able to speak and read English, as primary language.
  • Agrees to and appears able to participate in all outcome assessments.
  • Agrees to provide blood samples for clinical lab tests.
  • Demonstrates the ability to offer informed consent and signs the study informed consent document.
  • Participants stationed or living outside the Colorado Springs/Denver, Colorado area must be willing and able to travel. A reliable companion may accompany the participant if travel supervision is required.
  • Active duty participants must obtain a letter of support from a supervisor or commanding officer prior to the outcome assessments (and travel, if necessary) to the OAC.

Participants must have a history of at least one (minimum requirement) mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) with persistent symptoms that meets all the following criteria:

  • Brain injury that occurred more than 3 months prior to baseline screening at the local site, with the most recent injury occurring no more than 5 years prior to randomization.
  • Most recent traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurred on active duty.
  • TBI was caused by non-penetrating trauma or blast exposure.
  • TBI resulted in at least one of the following at the time of injury: a period of loss of or a decreased level of consciousness (up to 30 minutes); a loss of memory for events immediately before or after the injury (up to 24 hours); or alteration in mental state at the time of the injury (becoming dazed or confused).
  • Has current complaints of TBI symptoms such as headache, dizziness, or cognitive or affective problems that score at least 3 post-concussive symptoms as assessed by the OSU TBI-ID.
  • Has received current standard of care pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions for TBI and any concomitant post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with no significant change in psychoactive therapy for at least 1 month.
  • Creatinine level that is less than or equal to the EACH laboratory's upper limit of normal. If the creatinine level exceeds the EACH laboratory's upper limit of normal, participants cannot have a CT scan due to risk of contrast dye-induced renal failure. Such participants may be randomized but must be approved by the Study Director.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prisoners.
  • Pregnant Women.
  • Minors.
  • Individuals whose most recent TBI was sustained during illegal activity.
  • Potential active duty participants stationed >1 hour outside the designated recruitment area of a participating local site will be excluded unless the command authorizes temporary relocation and appropriate relocation resources.
  • Potential Veteran participants who live >1 hour outside the designated recruitment area of a participating local site, must be willing and able to travel to the local site to participate in all required local site visits without additional financial assistance than that which is described in the Veteran Payment Schedule (consent attachment C).
  • Active duty individuals with anticipated prolonged TAD/TDY or deployment within 6 months of study enrollment will be excluded.
  • Veterans with anticipated prolonged travel or relocation within 6 months of study enrollment will be excluded.

An individual with any of the following characteristics will be excluded from this study based on contraindications to hyperbaric pressurization and hyperbaric oxygenation or other study assessment measures:

  • Women who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant during the study period.
  • Women who are breastfeeding.
  • Women of childbearing potential who do not agree to practice an acceptable form of birth control during the study period.
  • Epilepsy or seizure disorder not stable on anticonvulsant therapy (stable defined as 6 months seizure-free).
  • Inability to protect airway or requires frequent suctioning.
  • Known or suspected perilymphatic fistula.
  • Presence of tracheostomy (due to limitations in autoinflation of the middle ear space).
  • Diabetes (risk of hypoglycemia).
  • Creatinine level that exceeds 1.5 times the EACH laboratory's upper limit of normal.
  • A diagnosis (from patient report or medical record evidence within one year) of untreated clinical hypo- or hyperthyroidism.
  • Allergy to iodine-based contrast dye (exclusion criteria for neuroimaging assessment measures only).
  • Presence of implanted device (e.g., cardiac defibrillator, intrathecal drug delivery device, cochlear implant, pacemaker, stents or aneurysm clips) that poses increased risk to the participant during hyperbaric exposure or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Any implanted device must be cleared through the manufacturer for exposure to hyperbaric pressure and 3.0 Tesla MRI.
  • Participants who must travel to altitudes greater than 10,000 feet during chamber session intervention.
  • Paratroopers who are unable to suspend activity during chamber exposures.
  • An individual who has had refractive eye surgery within the last 90 days.
  • Any brain injury not of traumatic etiology, such as stroke or drug-induced coma.
  • Heart failure with ejection fraction < 50% (due to increased risk for precipitating acute lung edema during exposure to HBO2).
  • Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or bullous lung disease (due to risk for pulmonary barotrauma during hyperbaric decompression).
  • Asthma not well controlled.

An individual with any of the following characteristics will be excluded from this study based on confounding of the outcome measures:

  • Those who are unable to participate fully in outcome assessments unless randomization is reviewed and approved (in writing) by the study director.
  • Vision uncorrectable to 20/50 (monocular vision acceptable).
  • Dynavision within 30 days of screening.
  • Deafness in both ears defined as 90 dB HL or greater, through the speech frequencies of each of 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz and 4 kHz in each ear; this is determined by a baseline measurement of pure tone air conduction thresholds.
  • Participant self-report or documented diagnosis of psychiatric disorders in the medical record within the last year of any of the following: schizophrenia, dissociative disorder, or bipolar disease.
  • Anxiety or claustrophobia precluding participation in the hyperbaric chamber sessions or neuroimaging procedures.
  • Verifiable neurodegenerative disease (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, senile dementia).
  • Presence of chronic debilitating disease (e.g., end-stage renal disease, end-stage liver disease, diabetes with sequelae).
  • Documented unresolved anemia, with anemia defined as hematocrit less than 30%.
  • History, by self-report, of receiving therapeutic ionizing radiation to the head.
  • Foreign material in head that would interfere with brain imaging (e.g., MRI or computed tomography [CT]), unless randomization has been cleared by the study director.
  • Foreign (unknown composition) or metallic/ferromagnetic material within the individual that poses risk from MRI, unless randomization has been cleared by the study director.
  • History, by self report, of illicit drug use, except remote (prior to military enlistment) non-habitual (habitual is considered greater than weekend) use of marijuana.
  • History, by self report or medical record in the last year, of alcohol abuse. Prospective participants who have been sober for the last 90 days prior to screening may be eligible based on the site principal investigator determination.
  • Current positive urine test for an illicit substance(s).
  • Any condition or use of prescribed medication in which, in the opinion of the investigator, participation in this study would impact the safety of the individual.
  • Brain injury of moderate or severe degree: duration of loss of consciousness at the time of injury greater than 30 minutes, duration of post-traumatic amnesia greater than 24 hours, or brain injury of a penetrating etiology.
  • Any lifetime history of penetrating brain injury.
  • Active malignancy, prior malignancy (except basal cell carcinoma) within the last 5 years, or any prior treatment with bleomycin (trade name Blenoxane). Prior treatment with doxorubicin (trade name Adriamycin) is acceptable as long as an echocardiography following treatment is normal.
  • Unable to abstain from caffeine or tobacco products for at least a 2-hour interval.
  • Concurrent enrollment in an alternate interventional trial.
  • Unable or unwilling to cease participation in sports in which another head injury is likely (e.g., mixed martial arts, boxing) during the study period.
  • Diagnosis of Meniere's disease by self-report or medical record evidence within one year.
  • Pre-TBI history of significant dizziness (lasting more than 1 day).

A prospective participant with any of the following characteristics will be excluded from this study to protect blinding:

  • Prior treatment with HBO2 for TBI or PCS.
  • Prior HBO2 treatment for indications other than TBI or PCS within the last 3 months.
  • Experienced hyperbaric chamber inside attendant (anyone deemed to have experience with hyperbaric pressurization that could compromise their blind to allocation).
  • Technical, military, or occupational divers.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01611194

United States, Colorado
Outcomes Assessment Center, Evans Army Community Hospital
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States, 80913
Evans Army Community Hospital / Hyperbaric Medicine Complex
Fort Carson, Colorado, United States, 80913
United States, North Carolina
Camp Lejeune
Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States, 28542
United States, Washington
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Fort Lewis, Washington, United States, 98438
TBI Program/HBO2 Research Program Madigan Healthcare system
Tacoma, Washington, United States, 98431
Sponsors and Collaborators
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Principal Investigator: Lindell Weaver, MD Intermountain Health Care, Inc.
  More Information

Responsible Party: U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Identifier: NCT01611194     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: S-11-17
Study First Received: May 3, 2012
Last Updated: May 2, 2017

Keywords provided by U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command:
Brain injury
hyperbaric oxygen

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Brain Injuries
Post-Concussion Syndrome
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Trauma, Nervous System
Brain Concussion
Head Injuries, Closed
Wounds, Nonpenetrating
Consciousness Disorders
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on May 25, 2017