Studies Reveal How General Anesthesia’s Brain effects Differ in Older Adults and in Children

“We know even less about how anesthetic drugs influence brain activity in children, and the current standard of care for assessing the brain state of children under anesthesia calls only for monitoring vital signs like heart rate and blood pressure. This lack of knowledge is
especially troubling, given recent studies suggesting an association between early childhood surgery requiring general anesthesia and later cognitive problems.”


Patrick Purdon, PhD

Mass General Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

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