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Brain injury in children and babies

Paediatric cerebrial hypoxia

A reduction in the amount of oxygen supplied to the brain affecting babies and children

About

Cerebrial hypoxia is a reduction in the amount of oxygen supplied to the brain. The most common brain injuries are from falls, assaults, or road traffic accidents. During childbirth it can be caused by a pinched umbilical cord. In premature babies it's a result of underdeveloped lungs where the baby is unable to manage breathing on their own.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of brain injuries in children (cerebrial hypoxia) icon plus

    Symptoms to watch out for include: decline in self control, weakened limbs, or jerky motions. In the most severe cases, a lack of consciousness that looks like sleep, but cannot be wakened.
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    There are number of tests that can confirm a hypoxic brain injury. These tests include a computerised tomography (CT) scan, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, and an Electroencephalogram (EEG). Other more thorough tests include single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) tests. This is a form of CT scan that checks areas of the brain for blood flow and metabolism. Evoked potential tests are tests that evaluate the visual, auditory, and sensory pathways.
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    All our rehabilitation programmes put the patient and their families at the very centre of care, treatment and discharge planning. We take into account cultural and spiritual beliefs, and values and lifestyle, before creating a rehabilitation programme from which goals are made. We offer: interdisciplinary team working on patient-centred care patient led goals setting key worker as a single point of contact case conferences between the patient, their family, your consultant and key team members education planning relating to the patient's health and plans for the future discharge planning and ongoing support Brain surgery (neurosurgery).
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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