LAWRENCE W. RAYMOND, M.D.
To the editor: The Glausers have presented a reasonable estimate of the amount of tissue that can be expected to be saved by hyperbaric oxygen therapy after acute coronary arterial occlusion (Ann Intern Med 78:77-80, 1973). Their conclusion is, however, unwarranted, for they have addressed themselves only to a single aspect of a complex process. It is clear that cardiac arrhythmias and shock can accompany infarctions related to focal large-vessel or diffuse small-vessel occlusion. Both complications have a high mortality. Thus the conclusion that hyperbaric oxygen is of no value in large-vessel occlusion—although it may ultimately prove true—is not adequately
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RAYMOND LW. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Ann Intern Med. 1973;79:138–139. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-1-138_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(1):138-139.
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