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What is an anoxic brain injury?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

An anoxic brain injury occurs when your brain stops receiving oxygen. This disruption of oxygen flow can cause your brain cells to die within five minutes, and it can also cause your brain to stop performing important biochemical functions. When your brain is deprived of oxygen for a long time, seizures, coma, or brain death can occur. Some common causes of an anoxic brain injury include head trauma, general anesthesia accidents, and cardiac arrest.

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