Author Affiliations: Paediatrics & Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary, and Division of Paediatric Neurology, Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
There are few topics in medicine that evoke such strongly opposing views as hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy, especially when discussed as a treatment for neurological disorders. Proponents argue that HBO is a clinically effective therapy that should hold a complementary place in the therapeutic armamentarium, whereas opponents contend that HBO remains unproven and is needless, expensive, and potentially unsafe. There are also those who hold a middle ground, admitting that HBO may exert a therapeutic effect under certain specific conditions, but who rightfully refrain from recommending it on a routine clinical basis and acknowledge that effective protocols carrying minimum risk have yet to be developed and validated.
Hyperbaric Oxygen for Neurological Disorders. Arch Neurol. 2010;67(11):1411-1412. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2010.277