How is an anoxic brain injury diagnosed?

Anoxic brain injury is usually diagnosed by either neurologist or critical care specialist. The diagnosis is based on the neurological exam findings and the medical history. The brain MRI or head CT scan can be helpful in confirming the diagnosis of anoxic brain injury.

Your doctor can diagnose an anoxic brain injury by assessing your medical history and performing a physical examination. Tests will be run to determine the cause of your anoxic brain injury. These may include an echocardiogram and an electrocardiogram to look for heart problems. An electroencephalogram, evoked potentials, and MRI can be used to check brain activity and look for brain injury. Your doctor may also order blood work to look for blood gases and to check your blood sugar level.

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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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