Cerebral Anoxia

Cerebral anoxia is the total lack of oxygen to the brain. Cerebral anoxia may result in irreversible brain damage or death. With lack of oxygen, the brain cells start dying in 4-6 minutes. There can be varying degrees of recovery from cerebral anoxia. Chances of recovery depend on how long the brain was without oxygen and how extensively the brain was damaged.

When the brain is deprived of oxygen for a shorter amount of time, the victim can still suffer sensory distortions and hallucinations. Fewer brain cells are damaged and the prognosis for recovery is more optimistic.

Causes of Cerebral Anoxia

Cerebral anoxia can be caused by a variety of events, including:

  • near-drowning
  • carbon-monoxide poisoning
  • smoke inhalation
  • anesthesia errors
  • oxygen deprivation during birth (resulting in cerebral palsy)
  • accident with extreme loss of blood
  • medical malpractice

Consequences of Cerebral Anoxia

When the brain cells are deprived of oxygen, the neurons are subject to an influx of sodium causing swelling and further injury. Even in the best case scenario, there can be permanent psychological and neurological damage.

The expenses from a traumatic brain injury add up quickly and last for years. You have to consider the possibility of ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, modification of your home, and nursing home care. There are additional monetary losses, including loss of wages and loss of earning capacity.

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