Journal article

No sex differences in memory formation during general anesthesia

Christopher A Stonell, Kate Leslie, Cheng He, Leonard Lee

ANESTHESIOLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Women respond differently to anesthesia than men, initially recovering more rapidly, but having more postoperative morbidity. Studies on surgical patients report evidence of memory formation during anesthesia. However, sex differences in memory formation have not been explored. Therefore, the authors investigated sex differences in the implicit and explicit memory formation during general anesthesia. METHODS: With ethics committee approval, 120 consenting adult patients scheduled to undergo surgery during general anesthesia were recruited. Intraoperatively, 16 target words were presented to patients via headphones, and the Bispectral Index was recorded. Postoperatively, memory fo..

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