Conditions Treated

There are several conditions for which Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is approved around the world by state medical authorities including the US’ Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency, and the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia. In addition, private health insurers support a host of treatments.

A comprehensive list of medical and surgical conditions that also benefit from HBOT has been established by the Australian and New Zealand Hyperbaric Medicine Group:

BROAD INDICATION SPECIFIC INDICATION
Bubble Injury Decompression illness
Arterial gas embolism
(Diving/ Iatrogenic/ Misadventure)
Acute Ischaemic Conditions Compromised flaps/grafts
Crush injury/Compartment syndrome
Reperfusion injuries
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss
Avascular necrosis
Infective Conditions Clostridial myonecrosis
Necrotizing fasciitis non clostridial
Myonecrosis necrotizing cellulitis
Malignant otitis externa
Refractory mycoses
Refractory ostemyelitis
Intracranial abscess
Radiation Tissue Injury Osteoradionecrosis
Established Prophylactic
Soft tissue radiation injury
Established Prophylactic
Problem Wounds Chronic ischaemic problem woundsDiabetic:
Ulcers/gangrene/post-surgicalNon-diabetic problem wounds:
Pyoderma gangrenosum
Refractory venous ulcers
Post-surgical problem wounds
Toxic Gas Poisoning Carbon monoxide poisoning (Mod/Severe)
Carbon monoxide poisoning delayed sequelae
Ocular Ischaemic Pathology Cystoid macular oedema
Retinal artery / vein occlusion
Miscellaneous Thermal burns
Bells palsy
Frostbite
Adjuvant to Radiotherapy As adjunct to radiotherapy in treatment of solid tumours

Table 1: Accepted indications for hyperbaric therapy

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