General Anesthesia in Young Children Linked to Lower IQ, Language Development
[Source: Medical News Today]
Lead study author Dr. Andreas Loepke, of the Department of Anesthesiology at Cincinnati Children’s, and colleagues publish their findings in the journal Pediatrics.
In past research, Dr. Loepke and colleagues found that general anesthesia led to nerve cell death and cognitive impairment in mice and rats, which sparked concern about how general anesthesia may impact the human brain in early life – a crucial neurodevelopmental period.
As such, the team set out to assess how general anesthesia given to children undergoing surgery before the age of 4 years may affect brain structure, IQ and language development.
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