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How does toxic anoxia affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Toxic anoxia affects the brain's ability to absorb and use oxygen in the bloodstream. When the body is exposed to a toxic chemical, either through inhalation or ingestion, it causes a reaction in the cells. Normally, the cells in our blood transport oxygen that the cells in the brain use to get energy to transmit neurological messages. When the cells can't properly absorb oxygen, the messenger cells don't work and the messages that the brain is in charge of are not sent. Toxic anoxia also hurts the brain cells that are responsible for movement, which is why people recovering from toxic anoxia may have trouble with their muscles. Brain cells die after only a few minutes without oxygen, which means the brain and central nervous system lose control of the body and the body gradually stops working.

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