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Evaluation of the healing progress of phlegmon related to type 2 diabetes treated with the local hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Jarosław Pasek1, Grzegorz Cieślar2, Aleksander Sieroń2
Acta Angiologica 2018;24(3):93-97.


Introduction. Phlegmon is a disease which causes purulent inflammation of the subcutaneous tissue, being
of unlimited character. This disease does not only affect the external coverings of the body; it may also be
transmitted to the internal organs, and lead to their insufficiency.

Case report. The study presents the results of the physical therapy applied to phlegmon located in the right
shank and foot of a 57-year old patient with type 2 diabetes after an ineffective typical symptomatic treatment.
A local hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used in this treatment which utilizes the therapeutic effect of gases
with high oxygen content close to 100%,exceeding the pressure of one atmosphere.

Results. After completion of the 4-month therapy complete regression of pain symptoms was achieved assessed
accordingly to the VAS scale, as well as the complete healing of wounds, reduction of the inflammatory
reaction and skin congestion, thanks to which the amputation of the limb turned out not to be necessary. The
thermographic assessment performed after the completion of the treatment confirmed normalization of the
previously reduced temperature of tissues in the area of healed wounds.

Conclusions. The obtained initial results indicate that the therapy with the use of the local hyperbaric oxygen
therapy may constitute a useful adjunctive method for treatment of patients whose wounds are hard to heal,
including wounds with inflammatory origin.

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