Repeated general anesthesia tied to later learning disabilities

03/26/2009 | National Public Radio

Young children who repeatedly undergo general anesthesia may be at greater risk of learning disabilities, according to research. A Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist found that children who had general anesthesia twice were 1.5 times more likely to develop a learning disability, and half of children who had general anesthesia three or more times later developed a learning disorder.

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