Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Cause Lung Inflammation?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy results in high blood-oxygenation levels without inducing lung inflammation.
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Editor’s note: This article is part of TheHorse.com’s ongoing coverage of topics presented at the 2012 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held May 30 – June 2 in New Orleans, La.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions in equine medicine, but could this exposure to high levels of oxygen be causing lung inflammation in horses? One research team presented the results of study on the topic at a recent veterinary conference.

Renaud Léguillette, DMV, MSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of equine internal medicine at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, presented the findings that indicate hyperbaric oxygen appears safe for horses’ lungs at the 2012 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held May 30 – June 2 in New Orleans, La.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves treating a patient with 100% oxygen under pressure. The process is designed to increase oxygen levels in blood plasma and promote higher delivery to all body tissues, including the injured area, to facilitate healing. In equine medicine some applications include promoting healing of deep wounds, joint injuries, and infections

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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