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Anesth Analg. 2010 Feb 1;110(2):421-6. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e3181b80939. Epub 2009 Oct 9.

Anesthesia and the old brain.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


The perioperative period may have long-term consequences on cognitive function in the elderly patient. In this special article, we summarize the rationale and evidence that the anesthetic per se is a contributor. The evidence at this point is considered suggestive and further research is needed, especially in humans.

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