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Secondary Injuries- Anoxia

The first of the secondary injuries possible as the result of a traumatic injury and after the primary brain injury has occurred, is anoxia .

Anoxia is a lack of oxygen to the brain. Brain cells, like all cells in the body, need a constant supply of oxygen to stay alive. When blood flow to the brain is reduced, the brain no longer receives its supply of fresh oxygen and brain cells die or are severely damaged.