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Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy for acute traumatic cervical spinal cord injury

Spinal Cord volume 38, pages 538540 (2000) | Download Citation



Study design: A retrospective study of spinal cord injury (SCI) treated with and without hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy.

Objectives: To report on the use of HBO in spinal cord injury.

Setting: Neurosurgical Unit, Tokyo, Japan.

Methods: Thirty-four cases of hyperextension spinal cord injury without bone damage and previous history of surgical intervention were divided into two groups, with (HBO) or without (non-HBO) therapy. The neurological findings at admission and their outcomes were evaluated by means of Neurological Cervical Spine Scale (NCSS) and the average improvement rates in individual groups were compared.

Results: The improvement rate ranged from 100% to 27.3% with the mean value of 75.2% in the HBO group, while these values were 100%, 25.0% and 65.1% respectively in the non HBO group.

Conclusion: In the HBO group, the improvement rate indicated effectiveness in acute traumatic cervical spinal cord injury.

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  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Tokyo Metropolitan Ebara Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

    • S Asamoto
    • , H Sugiyama
    • , H Doi
    •  & M Iida
  2. Department of Neurology, Tokyo Metropolitan Ebara Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

    • T Nagao
  3. Department of Neurosurgery, Showa University, School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

    • K Matsumoto


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