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What parts of the brain are most vulnerable to anoxic brain injury?

The brain damage that occurs from an anoxic brain injury affects the whole brain. Some areas of the brain, however, will become damaged more quickly than others. These include the hippocampus, which affects memory; the cerebral cortex, which is the gray matter that surrounds the surface of the brain; the basal ganglia, a part of your brain involved in movement control; the occipital-parietal cortex, which is involved in sight; and the Purkinje cells in the cerebellum, which are cells in the part of your brain that controls movement and some aspects of speech.

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