Systematic Sclerosis Ulcers Benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

HealthDay News — Adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may be beneficial for treatment of systemic sclerosis (SSc) ulcers, according to a report published online in the International Journal of Dermatology.

Bengusu Mirasoglu, MD, from Istanbul University, and colleagues conducted a retrospective analysis of 6 SSc patients who had undergone treatment for at least a month and a half with various modalities and then underwent HBOT for their ulcers.

Three patients had digital ulcers and 3 had leg ulcers; 3 of the ulcers were bilateral (2 leg ulcers and one digital ulcer).

The researchers found that 4 patients’ ulcers healed completely after HBOT was applied and 2 had near-complete healing. None of the patients needed amputation.

“Our case series, which has the largest patient population and variability in ulcer size, also showed HBOT-enhanced healing of both digital and leg ulcers of SSc patients,” the researchers wrote. “We believe HBOT may be helpful as an adjunctive therapy for these wounds.”

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Mirasoglu B, Bagli BS, Aktas S. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic ulcers in systematic sclerosis – case series. [published online February 23, 2017]. Int J Dermatol. doi: 10.1111/ijd.13570.