Aliya Kemal Ahsan, Saima Rayaz, Qasim Memon.
Determine the role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in pediatric with cerebral palsy.
Pak J Med Health Sci Jan ;13(4):1317-9.

Aim : To examine the outcomes of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in children with cerebral palsy. Study Design: Randomized controlled trial . Place & Duration of Study: Department of Pediatric Medicine, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi from 1st January 2018 to 30 th June 2018. Methods: A t otal of one hundred and twenty children of both genders with cerebral palsy were included in this study. Ages were ranging from 3 to 15 years. All the children were equally divided into two groups. Group A (cases group) contains 60 children and received hyperbaric oxygen, Group B (control group) contains 60 children who did not receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy . In cases group children received 5 cycles of hyperbaric oxygen therapy with physical therapy and in control children received only physical therapy. Outcomes were recorded after completed all the sessions. Results: There were 62 (51.67%) females while 48.33% were males. Eighty two (68.33%) patients [57 (95% Group A ) and 25 (41.67% Group B)] showed improvement in global motor function measure scale , 77 (64.17%) patients showed improvement in activity dialing living index. According to hearing and speech 65.83% and 32.5% patients showed improvement. According to the parent ’s satisfaction index (PSI ) 70 (58.33%) parents were satisfied while 41.67% were unsatisfied. Conclusion: Patients with cerebral palsy treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy shows significant improvement regarding neurological outcome. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy considered safe and effective procedure with lesser and minor complications.

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