Cincinnati Children’s Study Links Anesthesia in Childhood to Lower IQ Scores - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Cincinnati Children’s Study Links Anesthesia in Childhood to Lower IQ Scores

A new study led by Cincinnati Children’s anesthesiologist Dr. Andreas Loepke has shown that general anesthesia may lead to lower IQ scores and language skills in children who have surgery at a young age.

Despite the concern, Dr. Loepke does not recommend making changes. “These surgeries can’t be postponed oftentimes because surgeries need to be performed to save patients’ lives and to prevent major health problems,” he said.

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