Anesthesia linked to behavior disorder in kids

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.

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