Anesthesia Linked To Developmental Issues In Children

October 22, 2008

According to a new study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting, exposure to general anesthesia puts children at an increased risk of developmental problems...............Washington (ChattahBox) – According to a new study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting, exposure to general anesthesia puts children at an increased risk of developmental problems.

The study, led by Dr. Lena Sun from Columbia University and colleagues, focused on the impact of general anesthesia on children.

They looked at a group of kids from the years 1999 and 2000.

They checked on 625 children given given general anesthesia due to hernia surgery.  All were under the age of 3.

Researchers compared these kids to a random group of 5,000 kids who did not get exposed to general anesthesia.

They found kids who were exposed were twice as likely to have developmental problems.

4.8% of those exposed to general anesthesia were diagnosed with developmental  problems.

This was a huge difference from the other group as only 1.5% of kids who did not receive general anesthesia developed the same issues.


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