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What are some of the side effects of hyperbaric oxygen treatments?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
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In brief: Hyperbaric

There are complications that can be associated with this very safe therapy.
Some include: anxiety from claustrophia; inability to clear the middle ears resulting in barotrauma (treated with insertion of ear tubes so that the therapy can continue); and oxygen seizures, which has no long-term consequences. These and other complications should be reviewed with the hyperbaric physician & technician.

In brief: Hyperbaric

There are complications that can be associated with this very safe therapy.
Some include: anxiety from claustrophia; inability to clear the middle ears resulting in barotrauma (treated with insertion of ear tubes so that the therapy can continue); and oxygen seizures, which has no long-term consequences. These and other complications should be reviewed with the hyperbaric physician & technician.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. V. Pinnamaneni
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

In brief: Judicious use

Judicious use of HBO is important, understanding risks, benefits and alternatives are important.
Risks include Oxygen Toxicity Reaction, barotrauma (to ears [most common], lungs), cataract formation, are the big ones to be aware of, 5-10 % of patients may have barotrauma of the ears but 50+% it only bother minimally and can be managed, or decreased with meds, all other side effects are 1% or less

In brief: Judicious use

Judicious use of HBO is important, understanding risks, benefits and alternatives are important.
Risks include Oxygen Toxicity Reaction, barotrauma (to ears [most common], lungs), cataract formation, are the big ones to be aware of, 5-10 % of patients may have barotrauma of the ears but 50+% it only bother minimally and can be managed, or decreased with meds, all other side effects are 1% or less
Dr. V. Pinnamaneni
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