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Can you please tell me about the adverse psychological side effects of anesthesia?

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Usually none

There are rarely psychological effects from anesthesia.
Some people do have a phobia of needles, or losing control, but usually this is not a problem. The drugs themselves do not cause psychological effects. Some concerns do exist, in the extremes of age, of effects on the brain, but these are not clear at this time.

In brief: Usually none

There are rarely psychological effects from anesthesia.
Some people do have a phobia of needles, or losing control, but usually this is not a problem. The drugs themselves do not cause psychological effects. Some concerns do exist, in the extremes of age, of effects on the brain, but these are not clear at this time.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Different

Medications can have different impact on patients in the short term, from euphoria to dysphoria.
There are few, if any, long term consequences.

In brief: Different

Medications can have different impact on patients in the short term, from euphoria to dysphoria.
There are few, if any, long term consequences.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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Dr. Rodney Del Valle
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Extreme ages

Extreme ages are associated with cognitive and neurobehavioral changes.
New data in kids less than 3 y/o with long term effects appear in pediatric ( the journal in 2012) back up by interesting animal models in prior years. In patients more than 75 can create short term memory, confusion and possibly long term neurobehavioral changes. Worse in patients with some degree of dementia.

In brief: Extreme ages

Extreme ages are associated with cognitive and neurobehavioral changes.
New data in kids less than 3 y/o with long term effects appear in pediatric ( the journal in 2012) back up by interesting animal models in prior years. In patients more than 75 can create short term memory, confusion and possibly long term neurobehavioral changes. Worse in patients with some degree of dementia.
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
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