General Anesthesia Linked to Dementia

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By Molly Clifton

Exposure to anesthesia can increase the risk of dementia in the elderly by 35 percent.

In a new French study involving more than 9,000 patients ages 65 and over, researchers found those with dementia were more likely to have received general anesthesia.

Scientists believe it’s due to a common condition that affects the elderly after surgery called Post-operative cognitive dysfunction.

The condition can lead to dementia several years later.

 

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