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Can a general anesthetic make you dumb? Also can a general anesthetic cause mental retardation?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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