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Is an anoxic brain injury serious?

An anoxic brain injury is a serious and possibly life-threatening injury in which the brain is deprived of oxygen. People with this injury often lose consciousness. Within five minutes of oxygen deprivation, brain cells can start to die. Prolonged oxygen deprivation can lead to brain death, coma, and in some cases, death. Even if the person does regain consciousness again, they may experience life-changing cognitive, physical, and emotional symptoms.

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