May 2, 2013

General Anesthesia Not Linked to Raised Risk for Dementia

By Logan Lafferty

Despite previous concerns, older people who receive general anesthesia are not at greater risk of developing long-term dementia or Alzheimer's disease, a new study says.  The study, by researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., involved 900 patients over the age of 45 who had dementia, a disease that affects brain functions such as memory, language, problem-solving and attention. All of the participants were residents of Olmsted County, Minn., from 1985 to 1994…"It's reassuring we're adding to the body of knowledge that there is not an association of anesthesia and surgery with Alzheimer's," study senior author Dr. David Warner, a pediatric anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic, said in a Mayo news release.

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Tags: alzheimer's disease, Anesthesiology, dementia, Dr. David Warner, general anesthesia, HealthDay, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Neurology, Research

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