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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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