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General Anesthesia and long-term memory loss

07/30/2008

Question:

My 70 year old mother had 4 surgeries in a three month period last September through November. She had acute necrotising pancreatitis. Prior to her illness and surgeries, she was very active and had a very sharp mind and wit. Her short-term and long-term memory were fantastic. Now she has trouble remembering short-term things and some of her long-term memory is affected as well.

We, the family are very grateful for every surgery she had because without them she would certainly have died. Most people don`t recover from her pancreatic situation, but she has made a full recovery. Now, my question: could the extended amounts of general anesthesia, which were necessary, be a cause for her memory problems? She has had numerous work up to check for strokes and heart problems and these are ruled out.

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