Published Oct 31, 2023

Moon Jung Nho  


General anesthesia is a frequently employed medical intervention that facilitates the induction of a temporary state of unconsciousness, hence facilitating the execution of surgical procedures in patients. Nevertheless, the cognitive capabilities of patients with neurological comorbidities, such as epilepsy or dementia, may be a subject of worry when contemplating the impact of general anesthesia. Studies have indicated that individuals who have pre-existing neurological diseases may encounter negative consequences on their brain function when exposed to anesthesia. These consequences can manifest as a reduction in cognitive abilities or a worsening of their current coexisting medical conditions. Hence, it is imperative for healthcare practitioners to thoroughly assess the potential advantages and disadvantages of general anesthesia in individuals with neurological comorbidities. This evaluation should encompass exploring alternative methodologies or tailoring anesthetic management strategies to mitigate potential complications and enhance patients’ overall results.



General anesthesia, Neurological Comorbidities, Central Nervous System, Cognition, Prevention

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How to Cite
Jung Nho, M. (2023). General Anesthesia, Cognition, and Neurological Comorbidities. Science Insights, 43(4), 1097–1104. https://doi.org/10.15354/si.23.re815