Anesthesia linked to behavior disorder in kids

October 21, 2008 1:44:54 PM PDT
Anesthesia used on young children may cause behavioral problems. Doctors from Columbia University studied a group of children born between 1999 and 2000. They identified 625 children under age 3 who were given general anesthesia for hernia surgery. Doctors compared them with a random sample of 5,000 kids the same ages. They found the anesthesia-exposed kids were twice as likely to be diagnosed with developmental or behavior disorder.

The findings were reported by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.