The Anesthetic Ketamine Can Adversely Affect Children's Learning and Memory Ability
[Source: Medical News Today]
Recent studies have found that anesthesia drugs have neurotoxicity on the developing neurons, causing learning and memory disorders and behavioral abnormalities.
Ketamine is commonly used in pediatric anesthesia. A clinical retrospective study found that children below 3 years old who receive a long time surgery, or because of surgery require ketamine repeatedly, will exhibit the performance of school-age learning and memory disorders and behavioral abnormalities.
A research group speculates that these abnormalities may be related to the potential neurotoxicity of ketamine.
A recent study published in the journal Neural Regeneration Research (Vol. 8, No. 17,
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