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Alzheimer`s Disease and General Anesthesia



What are the risks of an AD patient receiving general anesthesia during surgery? Is there the chance of brain damage? Does the damage occur in selective parts of the brain? And is the damage progressive?


The risks for an AD patient with surgery are usually not increased, unless there are other medical problems. The risk of post operative confusion (delirium) are increased, however. It is important for the surgeon and anesthesiologist to be aware of the neurological diagnosis and medications.

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Robert P Friedland, MD Robert P Friedland, MD
Formerly, Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University