Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Lack of oxygen from either obstructed airways (OSB) or from drowning or from shallow breathing all shrink the brain. Here is a great article of reversing brain atrophy with oxygen. While hyperbaric oxygen treatments are effective, they are costly and take hours of time. The most centsible (i.e. “safe effective and cost-effective”) option of delivering oxygen to the brain is Turb-O2 – stabilized molecular oxygen.
Subacute normobaric oxygen and hyperbaric oxygen therapy in drowning, reversal of brain volume loss: a case report
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Paul G Harch1, Edward F Fogarty2
1 Department of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine, University Medical Center, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA
2 Department of Radiology, University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Bismarck, ND, USA
Year : 2017 | Volume : 7 | Issue : 2 | Page : 144-149 June 30th 2017
A 2-year-old girl experienced cardiac arrest after cold water drowning. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed deep gray matter injury on day 4 and cerebral atrophy with gray and white matter loss on day 32. Patient had no speech, gait, or responsiveness to commands on day 48 at hospital discharge. She received normobaric 100% oxygen treatment (2 L/minute for 45 minutes by nasal cannula, twice/day) since day 56 and then hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) at 1.3 atmosphere absolute (131.7 kPa) air/45 minutes, 5 days/week for 40 sessions since day 79; visually apparent and/or physical examination-documented neurological improvement occurred upon initiating each therapy. After HBOT, the patient had normal speech and cognition, assisted gait, residual fine motor and temperament deficits. MRI at 5 months after injury and 27 days after HBOT showed near-normalization of ventricles and reversal of atrophy. Subacute normobaric oxygen and HBOT were able to restore drowning-induced cortical gray matter and white matter loss, as documented by sequential MRI, and simultaneous neurological function, as documented by video and physical examinations…
Short duration normobaric oxygen and hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the subacute phase of drowning recovery resulted in video-documented near-complete resolution of severe neurological deficits and near-complete reversal of gray and white matter atrophy on MRI. Hyperoxic and hyperbaric gene signaling-induced growth of both gray and white matter is the most likely explanation.