A 23-year-old male asked:
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can a general anesthetic make you dumb? also can a general anesthetic cause mental retardation?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Unsure why you're: asking about dumbness & anesthetics together? Are you feeling funny after anesthesia, or having loss of memory or brain fog as a result? Or are you scared to use it in an upcoming dental/ surgery? Or know someone adversely affected? Good for you to clarify, so we can help answer your question fully. Most anesthetics are used to relieve pain & fade memory of the surgery, not increase dumbness.
Answered on Jan 20, 2017
Dr. William Singer
51 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Not usually: General anesthesia in the hands of a skilled anesthesiologist is a safe approach. However there are circumstances when during anesthesia, blood pressure falls too far and for too long, or there is a prolonged period of lack of oxygen, that can result in brain damage. If you are considering surgery, speak to your surgeon and the anesthesiologist about the risks.
Answered on Mar 29, 2018

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