What is ischemic brain injury?

An ischemic brain injury is damage to brain tissue that results from decreased oxygen supply. Examples include stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), which is when arteries supplying blood/oxygen get clogged by clots, any problem that affects breathing (breathing failure, choking, drowning), or poisonous gas exposure.

The word ischemic refers to a decrease in blood flow to part of the body. Therefore, ischemic brain injury would be an injury to the brain caused by a decrease in blood flow to the brain. Specific conditions associated with an ischemic brain injury are a stroke or a transient ischemic attack, often called a TIA, and cerebral palsy. Ischemic brain injuries result in permanent damage to part of the brain lacking blood flow, and may affect physical functioning, thinking and behavior. Other names for ischemic brain are cerebral ischemia or brain anoxia.

Continue Learning about Diffuse Brain Injuries

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.