General Anesthetic May Disrupt Brain Development in Children
[Source: Medical News Today]
A study carried out in mice finds that a common general anesthetic called isoflurane significantly interferes with the growth of neurons in the developing brain. These worrying findings back up a raft of earlier studies.
General anesthetics are used on hundreds of thousands of children each year in the United States. But over recent years, some concerns have been raised regarding this. So much so that in April 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of potential risks to developing brains
They write that “repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs […] in children younger than 3 years or in pregnant women during their third trimester may affect the development of children’s brains.”
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