Journal article

Anesthesia and Alzheimer's disease: time to wake up!

David A Scott, Brendan S Silbert, Lisbeth A Evered

International Psychogeriatrics | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2013


It has long been observed that some patients suffer a significant cognitive impact following anesthesia and surgery. This should not be surprising when considering that not only is the target organ for general anesthetic agents the brain itself but also that the process of anesthesia is a form of deep, pharmacologically induced coma rather than “sleep.” The expectation that such a process should be fully reversible with transient neurophysiological effects contradicts our experience with repeated abuse of other central nervous system depressants such as glue, petrol, and alcohol. Of great concern is that, while approximately 10% of populations in developed countries undergo anesthesia and su..

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