Where can I learn more about hypoxic/anoxic brain injury?
Anoxic and hypoxic brain injuries are caused when the brain either gets no oxygen (anoxic) or not enough oxygen (hypoxic) for a period of time. Without adequate oxygen, brain cells begin to die and the ability of the brain to function properly is impaired. Common causes of anoxic and hypoxic brain injury include:
- Electrical shock
- Heart attack
- Brain tumor
- Poisoning, including carbon monoxide
There are several useful articles that describe this type of injury.
- The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke offers a fact sheet on cerebral hypoxia.
- The Family Caregiver Alliance offers an article about hypoxic/anoxic brain injury