The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, is looking for individuals to participate in clinical studies. Participating in clinical trials allows you to play an active role in research on the nature and causes of many disorders of the brain and nervous system, and to possibly help physician-scientists develop future treatments. The information below is designed to help you quickly learn about actively recruiting research studies for which you or someone you know may be eligible.


Preclinical and clinical investigations strongly indicate that hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) is physiologically active in improving the destructive processes in severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). However, prior to a definitive efficacy study, important information is required regarding optimizing the HBO2 treatment paradigm instituted in terms of pressure and whether NBH enhances the clinical effectiveness of the HBO2 treatment. Preclinical investigators working with TBI models have used pressures varying from 1.5 to 3.0 atmospheres absolute (ATA). Clinical investigators have used pressure varying from 1.5 to 2.5 ATA. However, the lungs in severe TBI patients have frequently been compromised by direct lung injury and/or acquired ventilator pneumonia and are susceptible to oxygen (O2) toxicity. Working within these constraints, it is essential to determine the most effective HBO2 treatment parameters without producing O2 toxicity and clinical complications. This proposed clinical trial is designed to answer these questions and to provide important data to plan a definitive efficacy trial.

Eligibility Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: - Age 16 years or older and 65 years or younger - Present with severe TBI, defined as GCS of 3 to 8. - Marshall computerized tomography (CT) score >2 in patients with a GCS of 7 or 8 or patients with an alcohol level >200 mg/dl - Ability to initiate the first hyperbaric oxygen treatment within 6 hours of admission in patients not requiring a craniotomy/craniectomy or any other major surgical procedure OR - Ability to initiate the first hyperbaric oxygen treatment within 12 hours of admission in patients requiring a craniotomy/craniectomy or major surgical procedure Exclusion Criteria: - First hyperbaric oxygen treatment cannot be initiated within 24 hours of injury - GCS of 3 with mid-position and non-reactive pupils bilaterally (4mm) - Penetrating head injury - Pregnant - Pre-existing neurologic disease (e.g. TBI or stroke or neurodegenerative disorder) with confounding residual neurologic deficits - Unstable acute spinal cord injury - Fixed coagulopathy - Severe hypoxia - Cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed - Coma suspected to de due to primarily non-TBI causes - Any contraindications to the study intervention

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