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How exactly does carbon monoxide poisoning work?
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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology
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In brief: "Fake" oygen
Hemoglobin is a molecule that allows blood to efficiently transport oxygen.
Carbon monoxide causes its toxic affects by binding to hemoglobin and not letting go, preventing oxygen transport and causing suffocation despite adequate environmental oxygen supply.

In brief: "Fake" oygen
Hemoglobin is a molecule that allows blood to efficiently transport oxygen.
Carbon monoxide causes its toxic affects by binding to hemoglobin and not letting go, preventing oxygen transport and causing suffocation despite adequate environmental oxygen supply.
Dr. Julian Bragg
Dr. Julian Bragg
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Dr. Glenn Burns
Dr Bragg is correct. It can also cause damage to a part of the brain called the "basal ganglia", even at lower doses. This can lead to "Persistent and/or Delayed Neurological Sequeala"; which presents with chronic headaches, confusion, mood changes, dizziness and many other neurological problems. MRI of the brain may show changes in some patients. Neuropsychiatric testing can help diagnose.
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