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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Clinical Applications in Otorhinolaryngology

Volume 7 - Issue 4

Joana Maria Soares Ferreira1,2*, Francisco Monteiro1, Joana Vilela Silva1, António Faria de Almeida1 and Artur Condé1

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    • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia e Espinho E.P.E., Portugal
    • 2PhD Student in Medicine and Molecular Oncology, Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto, Portugal

    *Corresponding author: Joana Maria Soares Ferreira, Serviço de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia de Cabeça e Pescoço do Centro Hospitalar de vila Nova de Gaia e Espinho E.P.E, Rua Conceição Fernandes 1079, 4434-502 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Received: July 30, 2018;   Published: August 08, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.07.001543

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The clinical discovery of hyperbaric oxygen therapy dates back centuries ago. In last decades, and with the increasing knowledge of this treatment, the interest has extended to several areas of medicine. At present, there are some well-established indications based on scientific evidence. This review aims to summarize its mechanisms of action, current indications in the area of Otorhinolaryngology, side effects and contraindications.

Keywords: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; Otorhinolaryngology; Clinical applications

Abbreviations: HBOT: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy; ATA: Atmosphere Absolute; KPa: Kilopascals; VEGF: Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor; HIF: 1 alpha - Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 Alpha; ECHM: European Committee on Hyperbaric Medicine; ISSNHL: Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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