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A case of hypoxic encephalopathy with delayed exacerbation

Authors Hayashi T, Hattori K

Published 13 October 2008 Volume 2008:1 Pages 77—82


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Takeshi Hayashi, Kimihiko Hattori

Department of Neurology, Fuji Heavy Industries Health Insurance Corporation, Ota General Hospital, Ota, Gunma, Japan

Abstract: Most patients contract hypoxic encephalopathy after suffering a cardiac arrest. They usually endure severe neurological sequelae and the temporal profile of the disease progression remains unclear. This case study shows how the effects of hypoxic encephalopathy continue to progress for several years after the initial event. Up to eight years after the hypoxic insult, the patient’s intellect steadily deteriorated, and brain atrophy progressed. As the hypoxic insult on the brain is only transient, the neurological disability seems not to be exacerbated for years. However, our case indicates that this disorder may have a long progression.

Keywords: dementia, encephalopathy, hypoxia, MRI

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