October 6, 2011

Anesthesia Before Age 2 May Be Linked With Learning Disabilities Later On


If an infant or toddler has surgery requiring anesthesia, it could raise the risk of learning disabilities later in life, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics and conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers, found that kids who are administered general anesthesia before age 2 may have as much as a three times higher risk of learning problems.  However, the risk seems to only apply to small kids who have had more than one surgery, HealthDay reported.

Huffington Post, by Amanda Chan, 10/6/11 

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Tags: Anesthesiology, Pediatrics

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