General Anesthesia Doesn’t Increase the Risk of Dementia

Recent research, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, finds no difference in the risk of being diagnosed with dementia for individuals who received general anesthesia and those who received regional anesthesia.General Anesthesia Doesn't Increase the Risk of Dementia

For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data on 7,499 matched pairs of community-dwelling individuals aged 66 and over who had surgery between 2007 and 2011. All of them were followed for up to 5 years later.

Senior author Dallas P. Seitz, MD, Ph.D., FRCPC, of the University of Calgary, in Canada, says: "Many older adults experience changes in their cognition immediately following surgery and wonder what role the type of anesthetic might have played in these changes. Our study provides evidence that the anesthetic technique used during elective surgeries, general anesthesia or regional anesthesia is not associated with a long-term risk of developing dementia."

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