Complications of Hyperbaric Oxygen in the Treatment of Head and Neck Disease

Joseph W. Giebfried, William Lawson, Hugh F. Biller

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Hyperbaric oxygen has been advocated in the treatment of many head and neck diseases. Reports of such treatments have described eustachian tube dysfunction as the only complication. A review of patients receiving hyperbaric oxygen for head and neck diseases at The Mount Sinai Medical Center revealed serious complications, which Included seizure, stroke, and myocardial infarction. In addition, follow-up study of these patients demonstrated that 11 patients treated for radiation-induced necrosis had an undiagnosed recurrence of cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-512
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1986


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