Monday, May 5, 2014

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBO) for chronic Lyme disease in Taiwan

Here is a study about hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic Lyme disease. It's rare to find any articles on that particular application of hyperbaric oxygen. Mostly, HBOT is used for  treating diabetic wounds that will not heal, re-pressurizing and then slowly de-pressurizing scuba divers who came up to the surface too quickly, and burn victims. 

J Chin Med Assoc. 2014 Apr 9. pii: S1726-4901(14)00042-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jcma.2014.02.001. [Epub ahead of print]

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy as an effective adjunctive treatment forchronic Lyme disease.


Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States, but it is relatively rare in Taiwan.Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotic agents, but ∼20% of these patients experience persistent or intermittent subjective symptoms, so-called chronic Lyme disease (CLD). 
The mechanisms of CLD remain unclear and the symptoms related to CLD are difficult to manage. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) was applied in CLD therapy in the 1990s. However, reported information regarding the effectiveness of HBOT for CLD is still limited. Here, we present a patient with CLD who was successfully treated with HBOT.
Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.


chronic Lyme disease, hyperbaric oxygen therapy
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