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What are the treatment options for an anoxic brain injury?

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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