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The Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygenation in the Treatment of Alcohol Abuse and Narcomania

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Epifanova N.M.; Romasenko M.V. Sklifosovsky Research Institute for Emergency Medicine, Dept. Psychosomatic Disorders, Moscow European Psychiatry, Volume 12, Supplement 2, 1997 , pp. 208s-208s(1)

Summary: Exposure to hyperbaric oxygenation had a favorable effect on the patient's status during sessions and persisted for some time after them. Patients with different premorbid symptoms and initial status experienced tranquilizing or bioenergizing effects of hyperbaric oxygen. A comparative clinical and psychopathological examination of patients in both groups showed accelerated reduction of psychoneurologic and somatovegetative disorders, this bringing about an approximately two-fold decrease of treatment duration and preventing the development of complications. The parameters of central hemodynamics normalized and myocardial status improved, which allowed to prevent the development of cardiovascular decompensation. Such a favorable time course of events appears to be due to the antihypoxic detoxifying and bioenergetic effects of hyperbaric oxygen.

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