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Structural and functional MRI in children resuscitated after drowning pinpoints site of anoxic brain injury

11:09 EDT 31 Jul 2017 | Medical Xpress

Children who are resuscitated after drowning can survive as prisoners inside their own bodies, awake but paralyzed. Drowning deprives the brain of oxygen, which can cause a form of anoxic brain injury (ABI). Unable to move or speak, 10 children with ABI studied at UT Health San Antonio exhibited variations of locked-in syndrome, a rare condition in adults and thought to be even rarer in children. This work suggests that pediatric drowning may be one of the most common causes of locked-in syndrome.

Original Article: Structural and functional MRI in children resuscitated after drowning pinpoints site of anoxic brain injury

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