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March 11, 1974

Hyperbaric Oxygen in Hemolytic Crisis

Author Affiliations

From the Medical Department B, University of Bergen School of Medicine, Bergen, Norway.

JAMA. 1974;227(10):1161-1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230230037020

A middle-aged woman developed an acute hemolytic anemia with warm antibodies. The cause remained unknown. Hemoglobin level fell rapidly to 3 gm/100 ml and symptoms of cerebral anoxia appeared. Compatible blood could not be found. Intermittent hyperbaric oxygen therapy had a striking effect on the cerebral symptoms and kept the patient alive during the critical period.