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Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and SPECT Brain Imaging in the Treatment of Blast-Induced Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury (Post-Concussion Syndrome) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Report

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Paul G Harch, Edward F Fogarty, Paul K Staab and Keith Van Meter Cases Journal 2009, 2:6538

Summary: A 25 year old male military veteran presented with diagnoses of post concussion syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder three years after loss of consciousness from an explosion in combat. The patient underwent single photo emission computed tomography brain blood flow imaging before and after a block of thirty nine 1.5 atmosphere absolute hyperbaric oxygen treatments.

The patient experienced a permanent marked improvement in his post-concussive symptoms, physical exam findings and brain-blood flow. In addition he experienced a complete solution of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. After treatment he became and has remained employed for eight consecutive months.

This case suggests a novel treatment for the combined diagnoses of blast-induced post-concussion syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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