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Nerve Damage (Lack of Oxygen)
How it happens, what
can be done
Hypoxia is a condition in which
tissues are deprived of an adequate supply of
oxygen. It is the failure of oxygen to
gain access to, or to be utilized by the
body. The term anoxia is commonly used but
the more precise term is hypoxia as there is rarely a
complete oxygen deprivation.
Hypoxia is shortage of
oxygen, while anoxia is the absence of oxygen.
For some reason the tissues are
deprived of oxygen. This can happen in different
are different types of hypoxia.
- low blood oxygen count as in altitude sickness, low
blood transport, anemia, low blood oxygen carrying
capacity (i.e.. carbon monoxide poisoning)
- low blood flow such as in shock or atherosclerosis
- poisoning (i.e..- cyanide) or anything that keeps
cells from using oxygen.
reversed quickly, hypoxia can lead to necrosis (tissue
death) as in heart attack or nerve damage.
brain cannot be deprived of the necessary oxygen for
more than a few minutes. Nerve cell degeneration
begins quickly, and damage to the respiratory centers
prevents resumption of breathing.
An inadequate supply of oxygen can
result in nerve damage, There are many
ways in which the this can occur. See
What can be done for relief?
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