- Edema, which because of the poor solubility of oxygen in
water limits oxygen transport. Oxygen under hyperbaric conditions
by reducing blood flow also reduces tissue hydrostatic pressure
allowing better lymphatic drainage.
- Fracture, because when a bone is broken the blood supply is
damaged and oxygen transport is reduced. Healing is oxygen
dependent In addition, the rate of bone formation even in
uncomplicated fractures is improved by intermittent high dosage
- Soft tissue damage. The rate of collagen formation and the
tensile strength is doubled under hyperoxic conditions.
- The cerebral effects may be due to fat embolism, which
responds well to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Wolfson Hyperbaric Medicine
Ninewells Medical School