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Does hyperbaric oxygen help with calciphylaxis?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 36 years experience
Calciphylaxis: There is no literature to support the treatment of calciphylaxis with hyperbaric oxygen. Your difficult situation is best treated by a nephrologist familiar with your condition.
Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care 43 years experience
Hyperbaric therapy: There is no conclusive literature to date that shows that calcyphylaxis responds to hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbo). Having said that, the science of hbo would indicate that early utilization of hbo therapy may allow oxygen dissolved in plasma to reduce hypoxemia in tissues downstream from a thrombotic blood vessel. This would be of great benefit for the suffering patient.
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 37 years experience
Unknown for sure: There have been "reports" of success with hyperbaric oxygen (hbot) but no scientific studies have been published to back this up. Sometimes we have to ask "did the wound heal because of the treatment or despite the treatment!" you need to work together with a wound specialist and a nephrologist on this one.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
HBOT: There are articles suggesting that hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be beneficial for treatment of calyciphylaxis. However, this is not an indication for hbot ; there appears to be little research on this issue. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11682664 http://www.Nature.Com/ki/journal/v62/n6/full/4493356a.Html.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
Feb 5, 2014

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