A 62-year-old man who developed akinetic mutism with delayed white matter demyelination after hypoxia was treated with hyperbaric oxygen (HBO). HBO in the subacute period markedly improved the patient's activity in daily life, cognitive function and organization on EEG. 1H-MRS showed a recovery of aerobic metabolism of the neurons. However, dementia and cerebral atrophy slowly progressed despite HBO treatment. Thus, HBO had a beneficial effect on the activity of depressed neurons but did not improve the prognosis.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology