Thursday, December 15, 2016

Anesthesia Is Bad For Developing Brains

One of the most common questions I get asked is about the effects of anesthesia on pregnancy and childhood development. Now the Food and Drug Administration has published some precautions they want the public to be aware of if they are getting anesthesia.

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.


  1. This ignores the first results from the GAS trial, the PANDA study and recent primate models...

  2. Oh and the recent Swedish cohort study by Glatz et al.