Use of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test to Investigate the Prevalence of Mild Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly Elective Surgical Population

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(Abstracted from Anaesth Intensive Care, 44(5):581–586, 2016)

Postoperative cognitive disorders are common in elderly elective surgical patients, and studies have shown that individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have an increased risk of developing postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). Hence, early preoperative detection of MCI could be used to reduce the incidence of POCD.

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