What are the treatment options for an anoxic brain injury?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The first step in treating an anoxic brain injury is to treat the cause of the injury - like cardiac arrest, for example. Once this is achieved, treatment for the anoxic brain injury itself is usually limited to setting up life-support systems to stabilize the body. Most importantly, a mechanical ventilator may be needed to help restore oxygen to the brain. Some research indicates that barbiturates - which reduce activity in the brain - may be beneficial during the first few days after the injury.

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