Exposure to general anaesthesia increases the risk of dementia in the elderly by 35% according to a new study presented at Euroanaesthesia, the annual congress of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA).
The research was conducted Dr Francois Sztark, INSERM and University of Bordeaux, France, and colleagues.
In a previous study Mayo clinic researchers concluded that elderly patients who receive anesthesia are no more likely to develop long-term dementia or Alzheimer’s disease than other seniors.
The senior author of the Mayo report was David Warner at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center.
Yes, No, Maybe?
There are a few issue here so lets try and untangle them.
The research we are referencing here in this article has to do with a single issue -
Does anesthesia increase the odds of developing dementia later in life.
The research at INSERM and University of Bordeaux and indicates that it can.
Here is the Gist of this INSERM research.
Exposure to general anaesthesia could increase the risk of dementia in elderly by 35 percentWe already wrote about the Mayo clinic study so you can read the Gist of those finding here -- No Link Between Anesthesia, Dementia in Elderly .
There is a second issue that can cause confusion. The issue
Does anesthesia hasten memory loss in person already living with Alzheimer's and dementia?
We have a long list of articles on this issue. Here are a few.
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