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Asphyxia - Definition


Asphyxia is commonly defined as a halt or difficulty in breathing. By extension, it indicates the halting, more or less lengthy, of hematosis, meaning the phenomena responsible for the oxygenation of the blood in the body. It can lead to death and must therefore be considered an emergency. Asphyxia can create irreversible neurological damage, as the brain suffers relatively rapidly (in a matter of a few short minutes) when it is not supplied with oxygen. Asphyxia can occur at the moment of birth, or be caused by an exterior element, like in the case of strangulation, submersion, the narrowing of the larynx, or during chest compressions.