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General Anaesthesia linked to Increased Risk of Dementia in Elderly Patients
General Anaesthesia linked to Increased Risk of Dementia in Elderly Patients

(June 3, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From France - According to research presented at Euroanaesthesia, elderly individuals who undergo general anaesthesia are at raised risk of dementia. Researchers studied nearly 10,000 individuals over the age of 65. Participants had their cognitive abilities assessed at the outset of the study, and again at 2,4,7 and 10 years afterwards. Results showed that those exposed to general anaesthesia were at 35% increased risk of dementia, even after accounting for confounding factors.

 
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