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Surgical anaesthesia linked to lower IQ in children

New study shows the deleterious effects of surgical anaesthesia in children
Rebekah Kells
Tue 16 Jun 17:27

Scientists have shown that children under 4 years old, who received general anaesthesia for surgery, are likely to have lower IQ in later life.

In the days before anaesthesia, surgery was treated as a last resort treatment with many choosing certain death rather than the pain associated with lying awake on the surgeon's table.

Today, surgery and anaesthesia go hand in hand and millions of children undergo surgery with anaesthesia every year.

Researchers from the Children's Hospital Medical...

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