Two major literature review articles and three editorials by experts on the effects of anesthesia in the developing brain were published in a recent issue of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), to address a warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2016 noting that repeated or lengthy use of general anesthesia and sedation drugs may affect the development of children’s brains. The warning was based primarily on results from studies of laboratory animals that may not translate to humans.
- Neurodevelopmental outcome at 5 years of age after general anaesthesia or awake-regional anaesthesia in infancy (GAS): an international, multicentre, randomised, controlled equivalence trial
- Effects of repeated exposure to different concentrations of sevoflurane on the neonatal mouse hippocampus
- Early life exposure to extended general anesthesia with isoflurane and nitrous oxide reduces responsivity on a cognitive test battery in the nonhuman primate
- Anesthesia affects excitatory/inhibitory synapses during the critical synaptogenic period in the hippocampus of young mice: Importance of sex as a biological variable
- Electron microscopy techniques employed to explore mitochondrial defects in the developing rat brain following ketamine treatment