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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Part 1: history and principles.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20636980     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Review the historical development and physiologic principles of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) based on human and veterinary experimental literature and current equipment in use.
DATA SOURCES: Review of basic physiologic concepts. Data from human and veterinary journals were reviewed through Pubmed and Veterinary Information Network database searches as well as reference searches on several articles covering hyperbaric therapy in clinically applicable situations.
HUMAN DATA SYNTHESIS: HBOT has been gaining acceptance as an adjunctive treatment in human medicine. The understanding of the physiology and application of hyperbaric therapy is increasing through ongoing research and greater access to hyperbaric equipment.
VETERINARY DATA SYNTHESIS: Several animal models have been utilized to examine the effects of HBOT. Most models utilize dogs and rats but pigs, cats, and other species have been studied.
CONCLUSIONS: Hyperbaric therapy utilizes several physiologic principles of how gases respond under pressure and more specifically of how oxygen responds under pressure. The increase in concentration of oxygen in solution, based on its solubility under pressure, increases the diffusion gradient for its delivery deeper into tissues, which is the premise of HBOT. Ultimately the increases in dissolved oxygen generated by hyperbaric therapy have several physiologic effects that can alter tissue responses to disease and injury. As this technology becomes more available to clinical practice, HBOT should be considered as a therapeutic option.
Melissa L Edwards
Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of veterinary emergency and critical care (San Antonio, Tex. : 2001)     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1476-4431     ISO Abbreviation:  J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio)     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-19     Completed Date:  2010-11-15     Revised Date:  2011-08-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101152804     Medline TA:  J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  284-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
California Veterinary Specialists, San Marcos, CA 92069, USA.
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MeSH Terms
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Hyperbaric Oxygenation / history,  methods,  veterinary*
Oxygen / administration & dosage*,  therapeutic use*
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