Evidence based Pediatrics
Does the exposure to general anaesthesia in children affect long-term academic and cognitive performance?
Jullien Sa, Pérez-Moneo Agapito Bb
aJigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital.. Thimphu. Bután.
bHospital Universitario Infanta Leonor. Facultad de Medicina. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Madrid. España.
Reference of this article.:
Jullien S, Pérez-Moneo Agapito B. ¿La exposición a anestesia general en niños afecta el rendimiento académico y cognitivo a largo plazo?. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2017;19:183-5.
Published in Internet: 19/06/2017
Authors’ conclusions: exposure to anaesthesia before the age of four years has a small association with academic or cognitive performance in adolescence. While more vulnerable groups of children may exist, the low overall difference in academic performance after childhood exposure to surgery is reassuring.
Reviewers’ commentary: although this is a minimal and doubtful effect, this information should be taken into account when assessing toddlers for whom we are considering programmed surgery for indications that could be postponed.
Keywords: Intelligence. Toddler. Infant. Anaesthesia.
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