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Anesthesiology. 2011 May;114(5):1218-33. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e31820fc9b6.

Intraoperative awareness: from neurobiology to clinical practice.

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Division of Neuroanesthesiology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA. gmashour@umich.edu

Abstract

Intraoperative awareness is defined by both consciousness and explicit memory of surgical events. Although electroencephalographic techniques to detect and prevent awareness are being investigated, no method has proven uniformly reliable. The lack of a standard intraoperative monitor for the brain likely reflects our insufficient understanding of consciousness and memory. In this review, the authors discuss the neurobiology of consciousness and memory, as well as the incidence, risk factors, sequelae, and prevention of intraoperative awareness.

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21464699
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10.1097/ALN.0b013e31820fc9b6
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