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Can Anesthesia Cause Memory Loss
Not easy answer: The memory issues after anesthesia and surgery have been the focus of many studies. It is unclear if anesthesia by itself or if surgery and anesthesia or if surgery by itself is what causes postoperative cognitive dusfunction. There is no know treatment and there is no known proven way to prevent pocd except by not having surgery and anesthesia. ...Read more
Memory loss is a symptom in which a person cannot recall (remember) something that he previously learned. Some memory loss is normal, such as not remembering facts learned in school years ago but not used since then. Other memory loss is abnormal, such as that caused by Alzheimer's Dementia ...Read more
Not easy answer: After anesthetics, some patients experince postoperative cognitive dusfunctionpocd. The memory issues after anesthesia and surgery have been the focus of many studies. It is unclear if anesthesia by itself or if surgery and anesthesia or if surgery by itself is what causes pocd. There is no known treatment and there is no known proven way to prevent pocd except by not having surgery and anesthesia. ...Read more
Am post op . In life had 5 anesthesia. recovery 4 times morphine, this time had fentanyl. Very messy recov.like drunk. Part memory loss, naughty boy
Please clarify: Your situation is unfortunate and sounds complicated. Not clear what you are asking. Please resubmit with a clear question so we can better respond. Meantime, talk to your surgeon or doctor who's following you about any post-op problems, whether physical or mental changes that may relate to your operation. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Yes but not for long: Amnesia is often an intentional effect desired by an anesthesiologist for a more pleasant patient experience. With shorter acting medicines, and quicker hospital discharges, the amnesic effect often continues after leaving the hospital. That said, the patient is told to stay home and rest. After a few hours, the amnesic effect, and other anesthesia effects should taper off. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I read studies that showed General anesthesia can causes amnesia and 35% increase risk of dementia. Is IV Sedation same like General Anesthesia.
I had a bad reaction to anesthesia with headaches, and loss of memory and in a fog. Now they found brain lesions could the reaction cause the lesions?
No: The lesions might have been uncovered by the anesthetic, but they could not have been caused by it. Areas around brain lesions of any type are much more sensitive to anesthesia. This us due to the disruption if blood flow around those sites. Because of this an anesthetic could take longer to wear off from these areas causing confusion and your other symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's complex.: Memory is a complex, poorly understood phenomenon. The fluctuations in blood pressure, blood flow and inflammation all can contribute. Often brain tissue is also destroyed during a coma which can have effects on memory. This is active area of medical research. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm female/62.Saw neurologist for balance/gait problems, memory loss. Told accumulated psych stress may have caused brain deficit. Tests all normal--?
Meds may be cause : Coumadin, lorazepam, trazodone, and Gabapentin can all effect gait and balance. Your meds, brain surgeries, cumulative stress, and depression can all contribute to cognitive deficits, as can effects of anesthesia, depending upon when your last operation was. I once underwent seven operations in 8 weeks and was told my level of alertness might not return to normal until a year or more. It was true. ...Read more
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