Navigation Links
General anesthesia for hernia surgery in children and risk of later developmental problems
Date:11/7/2008

October 31, 2008 -- Children under the age of three who had hernia surgery showed almost twice the risk of behavioral or developmental problems later compared to children who had not undergone the surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The study included 383 children who were born into the New York State Medicaid system between 1999 and 2001 who had surgery performed under general anesthesia to repair a groin hernia.

The researchers compared this group of children to 5,050 randomly selected, age-matched children in the Medicaid system, and found that five percent of the children exposed to anesthesia and 1.5 percent of the children in the control group were eventually diagnosed with a developmental or behavioral disorder. After adjusting for age, gender, race and such complicating birth diagnoses as low weight, the association between hernia surgery under general anesthesia and behavioral diagnoses was twice that in children who did not have surgery.

"We suspect that children who had hernia surgery and its associated exposure to general anesthesia during these operations might have played a role in the jump in risk," according to Charles DiMaggio, PhD, assistant professor of clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, and lead author. "While there is no hard evidence that there is any causal association between anesthesia and developmental outcomes in children, research in animal models indicates that there may be some association between the types of anesthesia commonly used and neuronal or brain cell-level injury," said Dr. DiMaggio. "The early concern is, could these data be extrapolated to humans?"

According to Dr. DiMaggio, while the current study found an association between anesthesia use and neurodevelopmental problems, these are still preliminary findings, and not a reason to keep children from needed surgery. "This underscores the urgent need for more rigorous clinical research on the long-term effects of surgery and anesthesia in children," says Dr. DiMaggio.


'/>"/>

Contact: Stephanie Berger
sb2247@columbia.edu
212-305-4372
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. SENOMYX RECEIVES GENERALLY RECOGNIZED AS SAFE (GRAS) DETERMINATION FOR S2383 SUCRALOSE ENHANCER
2. General Dynamics Honored with the 2008 Outstanding Contractor Award by the Administration for Children and Families
3. General Mills, Inc. Launches One-Of-A-Kind Grassroots Health and Nutrition Initiative Designed to Help Hispanic Families Eat Better
4. Cuts at General Motors Bring Benefit Trends to the Forefront
5. Air Methods Awarded $15 Million Contract From General Dynamics Land Systems
6. Auditor General Jack Wagner Praises Army for Saving Kelly Support Facility Commissary
7. General Anesthesia Tied to Developmental Woes in Kids
8. Norwegian American Hospital Launches Awareness Campaign Targeting Hispanic, African-American and General-Market Moms
9. ONA-PCE Announces Final Round of Endorsed Candidates for Ohio General Assembly
10. Eisai Inc. Supports Acting Surgeon Generals Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism
11. The U.S. Surgeon General Issues National Call-to-Action on Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... ... “Cursed with a Curse: The Truth about Tithing”: a ... when breaking free from this misconception. “Cursed with a Curse: The Truth about ... Christian Faith Publishing, Lysa M. Harrison’s new book is a powerful and thought-provoking ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... ... “Fruit of the Spirit: “Love””: a delightful adventure of two friends who ... the Spirit: “Love”” is the creation of published author, Halimah Jones, who was born ... is an avid writer, her inspiration for “Fruit of the Spirit: “Love”” blossomed from ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... With ProSlideshow Portrait from ... easy to do. Users can select from up to two layers of subject matter ... of a mouse all within Final Cut Pro X. , With ProSlideshow ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... **An FDAnews Management Report**, http://www.fdanews.com/products/54818-promotional-communication      , In the competitive world of ... can get while staying in compliance with FDA rules. , The FDA has ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... Innovatum ... at the Global GS1 Healthcare Conference 2017 in Chicago, IL on October 17-19, ... ensuring label quality and improving patient safety. , Microscan , a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/9/2017)... -- Dealmed Medical Supplies, New York City,s ... drugs, vaccines, and specialty medical products and services, announced ... acquire Vantage Medical Supplies, a major distributor of medical ... York . ... practices, will operate under the Dealmed name as of ...
(Date:9/7/2017)... , Sept. 7, 2017  For nearly two decades, New Life Agency ... Assisted Reproduction Insurance industry. Today, New Life Agency announces a powerful three-way ... ... ... http://pharmacarecard.com/ (PRNewsfoto/PharmaCareCard) ...
(Date:9/7/2017)... 7, 2017  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and ... announced that it will be participating in the Morgan ... the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York.  Zimmer Biomet ... a.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast of ... Relations website at http://investor.zimmerbiomet.com .   ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: