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Anoxia - Case 2

A 41 year-old man was unresponsive after a cardiac arrest. Examination demonstrated intact brainstem reflexes and extensor posturing. No evidence of cortical function was present.

Outline the Acute Diffusion Abnormalities

Diffusion weighted axial MRI images of the brain.  Note the numerous areas of infarction, both in the cortex and subcortical areas. This is the pattern seen with diffuse anoxia as occurs post-cardiac arrest.

Revised 04/25/06.
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