Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for acute ischaemic stroke.
MH Bennett, J Wasiak, A Schnabel, P Kranke, C French
Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) | Published : 2005
BACKGROUND: Most cases of stroke are caused by impairment of blood flow to the brain (ischaemia) which results in a reduction in oxygen available and subsequent cell death. It has been postulated that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may reduce the volume of brain that will die by greatly increasing the oxygen available, and it may further improve outcome by reducing brain swelling. Some centres are using HBOT routinely to treat stroke. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of adjunctive HBOT in the treatment of acute ischaemic stroke. SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched the Cochrane Stroke Group Trials Register (last searched 9 January 2004), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlle..View full abstract