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Hyperbarric Oxygen Therapy in Rehabilitation of Cerebral Palsy

Author(s): Norihan Abdelaziz Elgazar, Nivine Fathy Darwish, Hanan Mohamed Elsaadany, Mervat Abd Elsatar Elsergany

Objective: To identify the efficacy of the hyperbaric oxygen therapy in rehabilitation of CP children.

Methods: The study included 60 cerebral palsy patients attending the outpatient clinic of Physical Medicine, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Tanta University Hospital. They were assessed and divided into two groups: Group 1: (30 patients) referred to Hyperbaric Medical Institution in Tanta university hospital to receive HBOT 40 sessions, in addition to their conventional rehabilitation program for six months. Group 2: (30 patients) received their conventional rehabilitation program only in the form of sessions of physical therapy three times per week for the treatment period (six months).

Results: Our study showed insignificant difference between 2 studied groups at 3 and 6 months in relation to gross and fine movement and reduction of spasticity.

Conclusion: HBOT of minor role in improving motor delay and disabilities of CP and physical therapy is still the 1st line of rehabilitation in CP children.