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May 1984

A Simplified Hyperbaric Oxygen Technique for Leg Ulcers

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, UCLA San Fernando Valley Program, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Sepulveda, Calif.

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(5):640-645. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650410082021

• A modified technique for administering hyperbaric oxygen with the use of disposable polyethylene bags was evaluated for the treatment of arterial leg ulcers. The potential advantages of the method include fairly low expense, lack of cross-infection, and simplicity in the administration of oxygen. Six men with 27 chronic arterial ulcers were treated with this technique, and five men (ten ulcers) served as controls. In the treated group, 18 of 27 ulcers (5/6 patients) were healed within six to 21 days, with 50% to 90% reduction in size of seven of nine of the remaining ulcers after a three-week period. None were healed in the control group. The treated ulcers healed by 7.8% ± 1.15% per day compared with -0.5% ± 0.37% in the control patients. The results indicate that our technique of administering hyperbaric oxygen for the treatment of leg ulcers is simple and effective. It can be adapted for either inpatient or outpatient treatment.

(Arch Dermatol 1984;120:640-645)