Mayo Clinic study finds no evidence that anesthesia in young children lowers intelligence

Mayo Clinic study finds no evidence that anesthesia in young children lowers intelligence

ROCHESTER, Minn. - A Mayo Clinic study finds no evidence that children given anesthesia before their third birthdays have lower IQs than those who did not have it. A more complex picture emerges among people who had anesthesia several times as small children: Although their intelligence is comparable, they score modestly lower on tests measuring fine motor skills, and their parents are more likely to report behavioral and learning problems. The findings are published in Anesthesiology. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned in 2016 that prolonged or repeated sedation before age 3 may affect brain development. The warning was...

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