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Severe Tissue Trauma

CASE STUDY – HBOT & VETERINARY MEDICINE

Severe Tissue Trauma Main

Soft Tissue Trauma

After 24 hours and 2 HBOT Sessions

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ADJUVANT HBOT IN THE TREATMENT OF INJURIES FROM A SANDHILL CRANE ATTACK:

An 11-year-old chihuahua was presented as an emergency transfer referral case. He had sustained acute severe puncture wounds about the face, head, and neck as the result of an attack by a Sandhill Crane. Treated for shock and head trauma with IV dexamethasone, famotidine, mannitiol, and furosemide. Top image demonstrates the soft tissue trauma and wounds at presentation.

  • Mild ataxia and anisocoria on initial exam, with dull mentation.
  • NO depressed skull fractures.
  • Treated with IV fluids, enrofloxacin, amoxicillin/clavulinic acid, buprenorphine, and BID HBOT sessions at 1.5 ATA.

Each session was approximately one hour in duration, with 40 minutes “at pressure”. Clinical recovery was rapid, anisocoria resolved within 2 days, patient was discharged less than 48 hours after admission. Antibiotics, Tramadol, and famotidine were dispensed.

Studies have shown that HBOT upregulates the expression of TNF-alpha, MMP-9, and TMP-1, which are beneficial modulators in the wound healing process In addition, HBOT reduces the acute inflammatory response to help dampen the secondary brain damage caused by traumatic brain injury (Reference, Vlodazsky E, et al, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduces Neuroinflammation and Expression of Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 in the Rat Model of Traumatic Brain Injury).