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Why is short-term memory loss so common after an anoxic brain injury?

After an anoxic brain injury, people can experience problems with their short-term memory. In fact, of the host of cognitive problems that can result from an anoxic brain injury, short-term memory loss is the most common. This is because the hippocampus, the part of your brain that helps you form and store new memories, is extremely vulnerable to the oxygen deprivation that causes an anoxic brain injury.

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What should I do if I suspect someone has had an anoxic brain injury?
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