General Anesthesia Linked to Dementia
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.