What causes toxic anoxia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Toxic anoxia is caused when a person's brain doesn't get enough oxygen due to exposure to harmful chemicals. Most anoxia is caused when something prevents oxygen from reaching the brain. In toxic anoxia, the brain is fed with plenty of oxygen-rich blood, but chemicals prevent cells from being able to use the oxygen in the blood. Toxic anoxia can be caused by poisons and chemicals we come in contact with in our daily lives, whether through inhalation or ingestion. For example, the contents of airbags, the cyanide in gold electroplating, and the hydrogen sulfide fumes from sewage all can cause toxic anoxia. Abuse of illegal drugs also affects the brain and can cause toxic anoxia.

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