How does anoxic anoxia affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Anoxic anoxia affects the body differently depending on the severity of the disorder. When the brain is not given the oxygen it needs to survive, cells begin to malfunction and die. This can affect areas all over the brain, but may especially affect sensitive areas. In some cases, the effects can be quite mild, while in other cases, they are very severe. Anoxic anoxia, an acquired brain injury, can cause physical, mental, and behavior problems.

  • Sufferers of acquired brain injury like anoxic anoxia can be left in a coma; they can also have difficulty moving their muscles, loose control of their bladder functions, and feel numbness or tingling, among other symptoms.
  • Mental problems, like memory loss, can occur with this disorder.
  • Some behavior problems, like depression and hostility, may come as a result of anoxic anoxia.

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