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Can high altitudes lead to an anoxic brain injury?

Anoxic brain injuries occur when your brain is deprived of oxygen. One way this can occur is if the air that you're breathing lacks the appropriate level of oxygen to be utilized by your body. This can take place in high altitudes where the air is thin, but it very rarely occurs elsewhere.

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Anoxic Brain Injuries

Anoxic Brain Injuries

An anoxic brain injury occurs when there is a lack of oxygen going to the brain. When this oxygen deprivation occurs, brain cells can start to die within five minutes. Causes of anoxic brain injury can be blood clots, shock, heart ...

problems, diseases, anemia and even lack of air at high altitudes. Coma, seizure and total loss of brain function can occur after several minutes. While rehabilitation can help some people with anoxic brain injury, many individuals with anoxic brain injury sustain persistent psychological and neurological problems. Learn more form our experts about anoxic brain injuries.
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