After a recent bout of nausea, my husband and I discovered a carbon monoxide leak in the house. Could we have suffered mild cerebral hypoxia?

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It’s very likely. Carbon monoxide is a major cause of cerebral hypoxia, or loss of oxygen to the brain. If not corrected, carbon monoxide poison may cause serious brain damage, coma, or even early death.


When the brain is suffering from an interruption in oxygen, the body responds by redirecting its blood supply to the brain. The body can increase the brain’s blood flow up to twice its normal rate. If this is enough to balance the oxygen loss, then victims may only experience mild symptoms, such as headaches or mild flu symptoms.


However, if increased blood flow does not correct the problem, victims will begin to show additional symptoms of serious cerebral hypoxia. These may include:


  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Low blood pressure
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulties with complex tasks
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Cognitive problems
  • Impaired judgment
  • Decreased motor control
  • Cyanosis (a blue coloring to the skin)
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fainting
  • Prolonged loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Interrupted brain stem reflexes
  • Brain death


If you lost consciousness as a result of hypoxia, you are more likely to experience serious side effects. You may be able to recover some lost brain function, but you may experience twitching or jerking or the limbs or suffer seizures for years to come, impairing your working and driving abilities and requiring lifelong treatment.


It is important that you have your case investigated to see if your landlord or property owner may be responsible for your injury. Contact Gray and White today at 800.634.8767 or fill out the contact form on the top of this page to set up your FREE, one-on-one consultation with a Louisville KY cerebral hypoxia lawyer. Your call is free, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case.