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Is there a cure for an anoxic brain injury?

There is no cure for an anoxic brain injury. Initially, the condition that caused the anoxic brain injury - like cardiac arrest, for example - can be treated. Any necessary life-support systems, such as mechanical ventilation, are also put into place. While these measures won't cure the anoxic brain injury, they can help to stabilize the body. Some research indicates that barbiturates - which reduce activity in the brain - may be beneficial during the first few days after the injury.

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