Cognitive Decline in the Elderly After Surgery and Anaesthesia: Results From the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing (OPTIMA) Cohort

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(Abstracted from Anaesthesia, 71(10):1144–1152, 2016)

Postoperative cognitive dysfunction following anesthesia and surgery in patients, especially in the elderly, is of increasing concern. Short-term postoperative cognitive dysfunction is well known, but the effects of general anesthetics on long-term cognitive decline in people have not been well established.

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