Epifanova N, Koukchina A., Epifanov I., Lebedeva E. Sklifosovsky Research Institute for Emergency Medicine, Dept. Psychosomatic Disorders, Moscow Presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the European Underwater and Baromedical Society, Brugge, September 2002
Summary: The results showed that HBO had a positive influence on the dynamics of psycho-organic disorders. In the patients of the study group (receiving HBO) the following favourable changes went faster: amnestic disorders were eliminated; the cognitive processes were improved; manifestation of intellectual deficit, affective disturbance, and asthenic symptoms decreased. Neuropsychological investigations confirmed these data.
HBO treatment allowed to prevent developing persistent neuropsychologic disturbances and decreased the incidence of delayed neuropsychological sequelae. The use of HBO-assosiated antihypoxic and metabolic effects in the complex treatment of psycho-organic disorders allows to improve the outcomes. Thus, HBO may be used as a method of metabolic brain protection.