Hyperbaric oxygen therapy might improve certain pathophysiological findings in autism

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy might improve certain pathophysiological findings in autism 

  • This article looks are a variety of symptoms associated with autism, and how HBOT assisted in the treatment of these symptoms.

  • The study looked at cerebral hypoperfusion, neuroinflammation, gastrointestinal inflammation, immune function, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, neurotransmitter abnormalities, toxin exposure, dysbiosis, porphyrin production, and stem cells. 

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Treatment of Neurologically Impaired Adults
  • In this article, doctors treated nine adults with toxic encephalopathy, and two children, one with toxic encephalopathy and the other with autism. 

  • Patients underwent HBOT for 10 day, for one hour each time. 

  • HBOT lead to significant improvements in the patients, without side effects.

  • Additionally, the article shows brain scans of the progress HBOT made.

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HBOT May Improve Symptoms in Autistic Children
  • This longer article focus on how oxygenating the brain through HBOT allows children with autism to have improved function.

  • The improved function is achieved through reducing neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, and stem cell mobilization.

  • To test improvement levels, researchers used the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC), Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS), and Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS).

  • The results found that HBOT was well tolerated by all 6 children with no side effects. More dramatic improvements were found in children age 4 and under when compared to those in the older group. 

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