Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
My father suffered an acute infarct with haemorrhagic transformation in left basal ganglion and fronto-parietal lobe region on Feb 22 resulting in right side hemiparesis with aphasia. Also detected few old lacunar infarcts in right gangliothalamic region. He suffers from Hypertension. Before the stroke, he was a very active person. With physiotherapy, there is very slight improvement but it is extremely slow. No improvement in speech whatsoever. I have heard that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is known to give positive outcomes in such cases even months and years after the stroke. Could I have some definite information on this treatment please? Also, where in India can we go for the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment? It is not available in Lucknow.
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Dr. Harisha N L
General Physician 4 yrs exp Bangalore
It's very unfortunate that you are facing this problem...HBOT involves putting the person in a chamber and then giving 100% pure oxygen at high pressure.This pressure is approximately two and half times of normal atmospheric pressure....The hyperbaric oxygen saturates the patient’s blood and quickly increases the concentration of oxygen in the blood, particularly in injured areas that have a poor blood supply...Although this therapy is being tried in patients but there has been only a very limited success only and more such studies are being done...more over this therapy is mainly used for gangrene...I wish him a speed recovery..good luck.
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