Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Article Conclusion: Children Should be Allowed Access to HBOT

The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons published a great article in Volume 12 Number 4 - Winter 2007 reviewing and comparing the currently accepted therapies with HBOT in the treatment of cerebral palsy. I really appreciated the conclusion of the article, which is quoted below.

"Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy in the Treatment of Cerebral Palsy: A Review and Comparison to Currently Accepted Therapies"
Carole Sénéchal, Ph.D.; Serge Larivée, Ph.D.; Engelbert Richard; Pierre Marois, M.D.
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"Previous studies of HBOT in CP have shown noteworthy favorable results, but to produce conclusive evidence, additional, more systematic trials are needed.

Much is at stake. Improvement in the function, independence, and comfort of persons with a severely disabling neurologic conditioncould lead to significant improvements in health and quality of life as well as to significant cost savings in the long term. While other treatment modalities are paid for by government programs, parents must bear the cost of HBOT as the controversies continue.

In the meantime, given the very low risk of adverse effects and the promising results, children should be allowed access to HBOT."

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