What is losing consciousness?

What is losing consciousness?

Loss of consciousness refers to a state in which an individual lacks normal awareness of self and the surrounding environment. The patient is not responsive and will not react to any activity or stimulation. Syncope is the medical term for temporary loss of consciousness.

How does it feel like to lose consciousness?

Signs and symptoms Feeling lightheaded or like you are going to faint. Weak pulse. Nausea. Sweating.

Can a person recover from anoxic brain injury?

A full recovery from severe anoxic or hypoxic brain injury is rare, but many patients with mild anoxic or hypoxic brain injuries are capable of making a full or partial recovery. Furthermore, symptoms and effects of the injury are dependent on the area(s) of the brain that was affected by the lack of oxygen.

Does a CT scan show anoxic brain injury?

Brain imaging tests, such as MRI or CT scans. Acute brain damage that has occurred in the immediate past does not typically show up on this type of scan. However, imaging tests conducted several months down the line may indicate the atrophy or loss of some brain matter.

How do you test for an anoxic brain injury?


  1. CT scan.
  2. MRI scan.
  3. Electroencephalogram (EEG)—a test that measures the electricity in the brain.
  4. SPECT scans—a type of CT scan that looks at parts of the brain.
  5. Evoked potential tests—tests used to check the senses.

Does MRI show anoxic brain injury?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is more sensitive than computed tomography at detecting stroke in the early phase, subtle abnormalities related to anoxic/hypoxic encephalopathy, and diffuse axonal injury (DAI) in patients with TBI.

What are the symptoms of anoxia?

Signs and symptoms of anoxia

  • mood and personality changes.
  • memory loss.
  • slurred speech or forgotten words.
  • changes in judgment.
  • trouble walking or moving your arms or legs normally.
  • weakness.
  • feeling dizzy or disoriented.
  • unusual headaches.

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