What are the symptoms of an anoxic brain injury?

An anoxic brain injury usually starts with a loss of consciousness. The person may then enter a state known as "wakeful unresponsiveness." In this state, they do not respond to any external stimuli, but they are not comatose either. If the person regains consciousness again, they can experience a whole host of cognitive and physical symptoms. Cognitive symptoms may include short-term memory loss, visual disturbances, decision-making problems, confusion, concentration problems, and linguistic difficulties. The physical symptoms they may experience include weakness in the limbs, coordination problems, abnormal movements, and difficulties performing sequential tasks. Other symptoms may include hallucinations, mood disorders, irritability, and agitation.

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Anoxic Brain Injuries

Anoxic Brain Injuries

An anoxic brain injury occurs when there is a lack of oxygen going to the brain. When this oxygen deprivation occurs, brain cells can start to die within five minutes. Causes of anoxic brain injury can be blood clots, shock, heart ...

problems, diseases, anemia and even lack of air at high altitudes. Coma, seizure and total loss of brain function can occur after several minutes. While rehabilitation can help some people with anoxic brain injury, many individuals with anoxic brain injury sustain persistent psychological and neurological problems. Learn more form our experts about anoxic brain injuries.
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