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Offline thedoc

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What causes neuronal cell death?
« on: 18/09/2012 22:30:01 »
Dama asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi! When having a concussion or contusion, or any severe bruise within the brain, it cause neuronal death.

However, my question is how that actually works? What makes the brain cells die? Do the connections between them break? The receptors? Or the braincell as whole?

What do you think?
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Re: What causes neuronal cell death?
« Reply #1 on: 19/09/2012 01:51:13 »
If cells actually die, its usually lack of blood. Unlike your ankle, when the brain is injured and swells, it can't expand outward because of the skull. A swollen brain can compress blood vessels and shut off blood supply to cells. Nio blood means no oxygen which means no energy and build up of wastes.
 

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Re: What causes neuronal cell death?
« Reply #2 on: 19/09/2012 20:16:25 »
Pressure on cells themselves can be detrimental.
 

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