No link between anaesthesia, dementia in elderly

Elderly patients who receivenbsp;anesthesia are no more likely to develop long-termnbsp;dementianbsp;ornbsp;Alzheimers diseasenbsp;than other seniors, according to newnbsp;Mayo Clinicnbsp;research. The study analyzed thousands of patients using thenbsp;Rochester Epidemiology Projectnbsp;mdash; which allows researchers access to medical records of nearly all residents of Olmsted County, Minn. mdash; and found that receiving general anesthesia for procedures after age 45 is not a risk factor for developing dementia. The findings were published Wednesday, May 1, online innbsp;Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
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