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Is hyperbaric oxygen chambers useful for autism?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Neuro Hyperbaric

The research on hyperbaric oxygen treatments has not proven to be of benefit.
Continued research into this issue is needed. There are specialists that may recommend this therapy but you should ask about the conclusions of the research.

In brief: Neuro Hyperbaric

The research on hyperbaric oxygen treatments has not proven to be of benefit.
Continued research into this issue is needed. There are specialists that may recommend this therapy but you should ask about the conclusions of the research.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Altho in use in different places, as often the case with these things , there is no evidence of any effectiveness of this therapy.
And the dangers....Beware.

In brief: No

Altho in use in different places, as often the case with these things , there is no evidence of any effectiveness of this therapy.
And the dangers....Beware.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No, & the FDA asks

that you report false claims of it's efficacy in any disorder for which its potential benefit has not been proven to outweigh its potential painful &/or serious risks.
It does not help anyone with Neurodevelopmental Disorders of genetic & other medical etiologies, brain injury, or neurological sequelae of meningitis or encephalitis. See www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm364687.htm.

In brief: No, & the FDA asks

that you report false claims of it's efficacy in any disorder for which its potential benefit has not been proven to outweigh its potential painful &/or serious risks.
It does not help anyone with Neurodevelopmental Disorders of genetic & other medical etiologies, brain injury, or neurological sequelae of meningitis or encephalitis. See www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm364687.htm.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Uncertain

1 study assessed the effects of increasing hyperbaric pressure by 3 to 30% in 2 to 7 Y.
O.Children with autism spectrum disorders over 40 1 hour txs. There was reported significant improvement in 30% of children under pressure vice 8% in the control group. I don't know what "significant " means. I believe that the jury is still out & there are intrinsic risks to hyperbaric o2 treatment.

In brief: Uncertain

1 study assessed the effects of increasing hyperbaric pressure by 3 to 30% in 2 to 7 Y.
O.Children with autism spectrum disorders over 40 1 hour txs. There was reported significant improvement in 30% of children under pressure vice 8% in the control group. I don't know what "significant " means. I believe that the jury is still out & there are intrinsic risks to hyperbaric o2 treatment.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics

In brief: Inconclusive

Various news media and nontraditional societies advocate hyperbaric/100% treatment for autism.
There are no conclusive studies to support this, although the treatment issued in europe. In the us, huber aric treatment is only approved for the bends, wound healing and carbon monoxide poisoning. The dangers of hyperbaric chamber treatment outweigh the benefits (if any) at this time. Oxygen toxicity.

In brief: Inconclusive

Various news media and nontraditional societies advocate hyperbaric/100% treatment for autism.
There are no conclusive studies to support this, although the treatment issued in europe. In the us, huber aric treatment is only approved for the bends, wound healing and carbon monoxide poisoning. The dangers of hyperbaric chamber treatment outweigh the benefits (if any) at this time. Oxygen toxicity.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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