Thursday, December 15, 2016
Anesthesia Is Bad For Developing Brains
The FDA has issued a warning about repeated exposure to anesthetics in developing brains. Children under the age of 3 years and pregnant women in their third trimester should be more judicious in receiving anesthesia. According to animal models, a single anesthetic is unlikely to cause any problems but repeat surgeries, especially if they're over three hours long, can adversely affect brain growth. Warnings about these potential complications will now be required on the drug labels of general anesthetics and sedatives.