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Cognition and anesthesia

Manuel de la Matta
It is universally accepted that deep sedation involves more risks than light-to-moderate sedation. Deep sedation for endoscopic explorations is normally provided by anesthesiologists in Spain and in most countries of the European Unión. The present debate about deep sedation-anesthesia states goes beyond the topic of cardiovascular and respiratory adverse events, and targets the cognitive consequences and global increased mortality of uncontrolled sedation states, especially in specific fragile populations...
October 19, 2016: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Kristine Coleman, Nicola D Robertson, Gregory A Dissen, Martha D Neuringer, L Drew Martin, Verginia C Cuzon Carlson, Christopher Kroenke, Damien Fair, Ansgar M Brambrink
BACKGROUND: Experimental evidence correlates anesthetic exposure during early development with neuronal and glial injury and death, as well as behavioral and cognitive impairments, in young animals. Several, although not all, retrospective human studies of neurocognitive and behavioral disorders after childhood exposure to anesthesia suggest a similar association. Few studies have specifically investigated the effects of infant anesthesia exposure on subsequent neurobehavioral development...
October 5, 2016: Anesthesiology
Rui Cai, Ben D Richardson, Donald M Caspary
: Human aging studies suggest that an increased use of top-down knowledge-based resources would compensate for degraded upstream acoustic information to accurately identify important temporally rich signals. Sinusoidal amplitude-modulated (SAM) stimuli have been used to mimic the fast-changing temporal features in speech and species-specific vocalizations. Single units were recorded from auditory thalamus [medial geniculate body (MGB)] of young awake, aged awake, young anesthetized, and aged anesthetized rats...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Yuping Li, Ke Pan, Lin Chen, Jiao-Lin Ning, Xiaojun Li, Ting Yang, Niccolò Terrando, Jianteng Gu, Guocai Tao
BACKGROUND: Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is a common complication after surgery, especially amongst elderly patients. Neuroinflammation and iron homeostasis are key hallmarks of several neurological disorders. In this study, we investigated the role of deferoxamine (DFO), a clinically used iron chelator, in a mouse model of surgery-induced cognitive dysfunction and assessed its neuroprotective effects on neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, and memory function. METHODS: A model of laparotomy under general anesthesia and analgesia was used to study POCD...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Keith Willett, David J Keene, Dipesh Mistry, Julian Nam, Elizabeth Tutton, Robert Handley, Lesley Morgan, Emma Roberts, Andrew Briggs, Ranjit Lall, Timothy J S Chesser, Ian Pallister, Sarah E Lamb
Importance: Ankle fractures cause substantial morbidity in older persons. Surgical fixation is the contemporary intervention but is associated with infection and other healing complications. Objective: To determine whether initial fracture treatment with close contact casting, a molded below-knee cast with minimal padding, offers outcome equivalent to that with immediate surgery, with fewer complications and less health resource use. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a pragmatic, equivalence, randomized clinical trial with blinded outcome assessors...
October 11, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Atsushi Sekiguchi, Chiho Sato, Izumi Matsudaira, Yuka Kotozaki, Rui Nouchi, Hikaru Takeuchi, Masaaki Kawai, Hiroshi Tada, Takanori Ishida, Yasuyuki Taki, Noriaki Ohuchi, Ryuta Kawashima
Cancer survivors are exposed to several risk factors for cognitive dysfunction, such as general anesthesia, surgical trauma, and adjuvant therapies. In our recent study we showed that thalamic volume reduction and attentional dysfunction occurred shortly after surgery. Here, we examined the 6-month prognosis of the 20 patients with breast cancer who underwent surgery. Seven patients did not receive any adjuvant therapy after the surgery and 13 patients received a hormonal therapy after the surgery. We assessed their attentional functions, and thalamic volumes shortly after and 6 months after surgery...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
J William Sparks, Mary Landrigan-Ossar, Amy Vinson, Jennifer Dearden, Andres T Navedo, David B Waisel, Robert S Holzman
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires medical training programs to monitor, track, and formally document a fellow's performance. If deficiencies are found, programs are expected to prepare and implement an effective plan of action for improvement and to ensure that graduates acquire the personal and professional attributes of an independent physician. We revised our evaluation policy and instituted a remediation protocol in 2008. Since that time, 130 pediatric anesthesia fellows have graduated...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Lu Yeh, Mario Montealegre-Gallegos, Feroze Mahmood, Philip E Hess, Marc Shnider, John D Mitchell, Stephanie B Jones, Azad Mashari, Vanessa Wong, Robina Matyal
OBJECTIVES: Understanding of the workflow of perioperative ultrasound (US) examination is an integral component of proficiency. Workflow consists of the practical steps prior to executing an US examination (eg, equipment operation). Whereas other proficiency components (ie, cognitive knowledge and manual dexterity) can be tested, workflow understanding is difficult to define and assess due to its contextual and institution-specific nature. The objective was to define the workflow components of specific perioperative US applications using an iterative process to reach a consensus opinion...
July 9, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Fernanda Herrera da Costa, Paulo Adilson Herrera, Cecília Luiz Pereira-Stabile, Glaykon Alex Vitti Stabile
Delirium is an organic mental syndrome with acute onset characterized by diffuse brain dysfunction and neural activity disorganization. It is usually related to cognition and perception changes, decreased level of consciousness, and disorganization of thoughts that are unrelated to previous dementia. Occurrence is more frequent in patients with previous degenerative disease and elderly patients, especially those older than 85 years. Although the pathophysiology is not totally known, studies have shown that, among the main factors that lead to delirium, the drugs used for general anesthesia induction are the most relevant (hypnotics, anticholinergic drugs, and H2 receptor blockers), especially those used in long surgical procedures...
August 27, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Andreea L Seritan, Kyoungmi Kim, Ian Benjamin, Ioana Seritan, Randi J Hagerman
Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is a late-onset neurodegenerative disease with motor, psychiatric, and cognitive manifestations that occurs in carriers of the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene premutations. This was a retrospective chart review of 196 individuals (127 men and 69 women) with FXTAS. Forty-six (23%) participants were cognitively impaired, of whom 19 (10%) had dementia. Risk factors for dementia were examined (CGG repeat size; alcohol, benzodiazepine, and opioid use; diabetes; hyperlipidemia; hypertension; hypothyroidism; obesity; sleep apnea; surgeries with general anesthesia; depression; family history of dementia)...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Mahtab Poorzamany Nejat Kermany, Mastaneh Dahi, Reyhaneh Yamini Sharif, Badiozaman Radpay
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine is a potent and highly specific α2-adrenoreceptor agonist that induces sedative and analgesic effects over a short-term period. As a result of these benefits, dexmedetomidine may be a better alternative than other available drugs for keeping the patient's cognition state in an acceptable condition after outpatient ophthalmic surgeries. OBJECTIVES: This randomized study was conducted to compare the sedative effects of dexmedetomidine and remifentanil on the cognitive state of patients who have undergone cataract surgery...
June 2016: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
G Sousa, C Pinho, A Santos, F J Abelha
INTRODUCTION: Postoperative delirium (POD) is an acute confusional state characterized by changes in consciousness and cognition, which may be fluctuating, developing in a small period of time. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between alcohol abuse and the development of POD. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated consecutively all postoperative patients admitted in the Post-anesthesia Care Unit over a 1-month period for delirium, using the Portuguese versions of the the Nursing Delirium Screening Scale...
September 15, 2016: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
Santiago Hem, Romina Albite, Monica Loresi, Jorge Rasmussen, Pablo Ajler, Claudio Yampolsky, Joseph D Chabot, Peter C Gerszten, Ezequiel Goldschmidt
BACKGROUND: Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is a known complication after intracranial surgery. Impaired hippocampal neurogenesis has been associated with cognitive dysfunction in animal models. METHODS: In order to assess hippocampal changes after brain surgery, a frontal lobe corticectomy was performed in ten adult Wistar rats (group 4). Three different control groups (n = 10 each) included no treatment (G1), general anesthesia alone (G2), and craniectomy without dural opening (G3)...
November 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
David Val-Laillet, Paul Meurice, Caroline Clouard
Brain responses to feed flavors with or without a feed additive (FA) were investigated in piglets familiarized or not with this FA. Sixteen piglets were allocated to 2 dietary treatments from weaning until d 37: the naive group (NAI) received a standard control feed and the familiarized group (FAM) received the same feed added with a FA mainly made of orange extracts. Animals were subjected to a feed transition at d 16 post-weaning, and to 2-choice feeding tests at d 16 and d 23. Production traits of the piglets were assessed up to d 28 post-weaning...
2016: PloS One
Yan Wang, Xiaohua Liu, Haiying Li
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effect of general anesthesia combined with epidural anesthesia and patient-controlled epidural analgesia on the incidence of the post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) in elderly patients.
 METHODS: A total of 100 elderly patients with gastric cancer, who underwent radical gastrectomy in Yan'an People's Hospital from March 2012 to March 2015, were randomly divided into 3 groups: a general anesthesia and patient-controlled intravenous analgesia (PCIA) (Group I, n=35), a general anesthesia combined with epidural anesthesia and PCIA (Group II, n=30), and a general anesthesia combined with epidural anesthesia and patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA) (Group III, n=35)...
August 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
Ulku Emik, Yusuf Unal, Mustafa Arslan, Cengiz Bekir Demirel
OBJECTIVES: Postoperative cognitive dysfunction refers to the problems associated with thought and memory that are often experienced after major surgery. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of intraperitoneally administered memantine on recovery, cognitive functions, and pain after propofol anesthesia. METHODS: The study was conducted in Gazi University Animal Research Laboratory, Ankara, Turkey in January 2012. Twenty-four adult female Wistar Albino rats weighing 170-270g were educated for 300s in the radial arm maze (RAM) over three days...
September 2016: Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
Jishi Ye, Zongze Zhang, Yanlin Wang, Chang Chen, Xing Xu, Hui Yu, Mian Peng
Although accumulating evidence has suggested that microRNAs (miRNAs) have a serious impact on cognitive function and are associated with the etiology of several neuropsychiatric disorders, their expression in sevoflurane-induced neurotoxicity in the developing brain has not been characterized. In the present study, the miRNAs expression pattern in neonatal hippocampus samples (24 h after sevoflurane exposure) was investigated and 9 miRNAs were selected, which were associated with brain development and cognition in order to perform a bioinformatic analysis...
September 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Chunsheng Feng, Ya Liu, Ye Yuan, Weiwei Cui, Feng Zheng, Yuan Ma, Meihua Piao
Zinc (Zn) is known to play crucial roles in numerous brain functions including learning and memory. Zn deficiency is believed to be widespread throughout the world, particularly in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). A number of studies have shown that volatile anesthetics, such as isoflurane, might be potential risk factors for the development of AD. However, whether isoflurane exposure accelerates the process of AD and cognitive impairment in AD patients with Zn deficiency is yet to be documented. The aim of the present study was to explore the effects of 1...
December 2016: Neuropharmacology
Andreas Klausen, Rainer Röhrig, Myriam Lipprandt
Achieving a good understanding of the socio-technical system in critical or emergency situations is important for patient safety. Research in human-computer interaction in the field of anesthesia or surgery has the potential to improve usability of the user interfaces and enhance patient safety. Therefore eye-tracking is a technology for analyzing gaze patterns. It can also measure what is being perceived by the physician during medical procedures. The aim of this review is the applicability of eye-tracker in the domain of simulated or real environments of anesthesia, surgery or intensive care...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Jan Hirsch, Susana Vacas, Niccolo Terrando, Miao Yuan, Laura P Sands, Joel Kramer, Kevin Bozic, Mervyn M Maze, Jacqueline M Leung
BACKGROUND: Postoperative delirium is prevalent in older patients and associated with worse outcomes. Recent data in animal studies demonstrate increases in inflammatory markers in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) even after aseptic surgery, suggesting that inflammation of the central nervous system may be part of the pathogenesis of postoperative cognitive changes. We investigated the hypothesis that neuroinflammation was an important cause for postoperative delirium and cognitive dysfunction after major non-cardiac surgery...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
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