Hyperbaric therapy in chronic fatigue syndrome

van Hoof, Elke, Coomans, Danny H., De Becker, Pascale, Meeusen, R., Cluydts, Raymond, and De Meirleir, Kenny (2003) Hyperbaric therapy in chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 11 (3). pp. 37-50.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine if hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) could be used as adjunctive therapy and if HBOT could increase the quality of life in such a way that the functional status would improve in patients with an infection. A randomized, controlled trial was conducted on 15 Mycoplasma sp. infected CFS (CDC 1994) patients and 14 CFS (CDC 1994) patients with no evidence of a Mycoplasma infection were enrolled in a convenience randomization sample from our referral clinic. No statistical differences were found by use of univariate repeated measures although Bodily Pain as measured by the SF-36 seems to decrease after hyperbaric therapy (Greenhouse-Geisser: p = .010). Trends were found using paired t-testing for Mycoplasma infected CFS patients. The general perceived fatigue seemed to decrease after hyperbaric therapy (General Fatigue: p = .06). Directly after one week of hyperbaric therapy general fatigue improved (p = .03) but there was a reduction of activity (reduced activity: p = .05) and general perceived health (general health: p = .04). One month later the physical role increased (Role-Physical: p = .07). Although more data is required to make firm conclusions, trends were found. Reduced fatigue, increased levels of activity and an improved reaction time improved significantly their quality of life and therefore, enhanced also their functional status and thus could be used as an adjunctive therapy.

Item ID: 6544
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Chronic systemic infections; hyperbaric oxygen therapy; adjunctive therapy; quality of life
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ISSN: 1057-3321
Date Deposited: 12 May 2010 04:45
FoR Codes: 01 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES > 0104 Statistics > 010401 Applied Statistics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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