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Does Anesthesia Cause Memory Problems in Grownups?

“Going under” for surgery may lead to future memory issues, but any impacts appear to be small, a new study suggests.

Middle-age adults who went through surgery utilizing general anesthesia carried out slightly even worse on memory tests afterward, according to the research study, published today (Feb. 22) in the journal Anaesthesia. Individuals in the study had no signs of Alzheimer’s illness or dementia, or perhaps moderate cognitive impairment, before the surgical treatment.

However, though the modifications were visible for scientists, “the cognitive changes after surgical treatment are little– most probably asymptomatic and beneath an individual’s awareness,” study author Dr. Kirk Hogan, a professor of anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, a study of more than 8,000 senior and middle-age twins discovered a negligible difference in cognition if one twin had actually surgery.Originally released on LiveScience.