Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Brain Perfusion, Cognition and Behavior in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder-A Case Study

Alcohol Alcohol. 2019 Mar 1;54(2):177-179. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agz009.


A 15-year-old girl diagnosed with FASD underwent 100 courses of hyperbasic oxygen therapy (HBOT). Prior to HBOT, single motion emission compute tomographic begin imaging (SPECT) revealed areas of hypo-perfusion bilaterally in the orbitofrontal region, temporal lobes and right dorsolateral-frontal, as well the medial aspect of the left cerebellum. Following two sets of HBOT treatments (60 plus 40), over 6 months, there was improvement in perfusion to the left cerebellum as well as the right frontal lobe. This was paralleled by improvement in immediate cognitive tests and an increase in functional brain volume. A follow-up 18 months after HBOT showed sustained improvement in attention with no need for methylphenidate, as well as in math skills and writing.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cerebellum / blood supply*
  • Cerebral Cortex / blood supply*
  • Cognition*
  • Female
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Hyperbaric Oxygenation*
  • Neuroimaging
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon