By: 30 January 2015
Improving memory deficits following anaesthesia

Improving memory deficits following anaesthesia

General anaesthesia results in expended cognitive decline and memory deficits for many individuals following surgical procedure. Memory deficits can last for months and affect patient outcome and quality of life. Patient age, duration of surgery, and surgical trauma are all risk factors for postoperative cognitive impairment. A new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrates that general anaesthesia results in sustained activation of receptors that inhibit brain function and cause…

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Sustained increase in a5GABA(A) receptor function impairs memory after anesthesia.