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The effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy combined with acupuncture and moxibustion in treatment of traumatic peripheral facial nerve injury and electromyography (EMG) data analysis

Objective: To explore the effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy combined with acupuncture and moxibustion in treatment of traumatic peripheral facial nerve injury and Electromyography (EMG) data analysis.

Methods: 150 patients with traumatic peripheral facial nerve injury were selected in our hospital from January 2015 to January 2016. Patients were randomly divided into drug group (n=75) and combined group (n=75) Patients in drug group were treated with conventional medicine while hyperbaric oxygen therapy combined with acupuncture and moxibustion was used in combined group. Curative effects and EMG results were compared between two groups.

Results: Compared with drug group, combined group showed an obviously higher total effective rate, M wave amplitude of facial nerve of orbicularis oculi muscle, orbicular muscle of mouth as well as frontalis muscle, and the motor unit potential voltage. The facial movement incubation period of the combined group, however, is significantly shorter than that of the drug group (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy combined with acupuncture and moxibustion has satisfactory efficacy in treatment of traumatic peripheral facial nerve injury.

Author(s): Xiaolin Liu, Jian Lin, Xiongang Huang, Lin Li, Rui Zhang