About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Surgical Anesthesia During Early Childhood Linked to Lower IQ Scores as Teens

by Sheela Philomena on November 7, 2016 at 11:54 PM
Font : A-A+

 Surgical Anesthesia During Early Childhood Linked to Lower IQ Scores as Teens

A small link has been identified between exposure to anesthesia for surgery before the age 4 with slightly lower school grades at age 16 and slightly lower IQ scores at 18, states study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Pia Glatz, M.D., of the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, and coauthors conducted a nationwide study of more than 2 million children born in Sweden from 1973 through 1993 by using a variety of national health care databases, school achievement registries, and the military conscription register.

Advertisement


The main study group included 33,514 children who had one surgery and exposure to anesthesia before the age of 4 and then no subsequent surgery or hospitalization until the age of 16, along with 159,619 comparable children who had not had surgery or been exposed to anesthesia before the age of 16. Another group of 3,640 children with multiple surgical procedures also was studied.

In the main study group, exposure to anesthesia for surgery before the age of 4 was associated with an average difference of 0.41 percent lower school grades and 0.97 percent lower IQ test scores. There was no difference in schools grades with one exposure to anesthesia for surgery before the age of 6 months, between 7 to 12 months, between 13 to 24 months or between 25 to 36 months, according to the results.
Advertisement

The authors note the study is unable to disentangle the potential effects of anesthesia, the influence of perioperative management, the influence of surgery or its underlying cause.

"While more vulnerable subgroups of children may exist, the low overall difference in academic performance after childhood exposure to surgery is reassuring. These findings should be interpreted in light of potential adverse effects of postponing surgery," the authors conclude.

Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test Your Knowledge on Kidney
World Disability Day 2022 - The Role of Innovative Transformation
Diet and Oral Health: The Sugary Connection May Become Sour
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Dental Anesthesia Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia Local Anesthesia General Anesthesia Anaesthesia - History Anaesthesia - History and Origins Post operative Complications Multitasking: Good or Bad for Your Brain? 

Most Popular on Medindia

Find a Doctor Iron Intake Calculator Drug Side Effects Calculator Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Indian Medical Journals Color Blindness Calculator Hearing Loss Calculator Vent Forte (Theophylline) Blood Donation - Recipients
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

Surgical Anesthesia During Early Childhood Linked to Lower IQ Scores as Teens Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests