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Anesthetic Neurotoxicity Meets Big Data: Reasons to Be Cheerful?

Kalkman, C.J.; Eriksson, L.I.

Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: June 2017 - Volume 37 - Issue 2 - p 79
doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000515749.60577.31
Mechanisms, Equipment, Hazards

(Anesthesiology. 2016;125(2):263–265)

The potential risk to the developing human brain of general anesthetic exposure has been a topic of interest to both anesthesiologists and the public. Several research endeavors in addition to those by the public/private International Anesthesia Research Society/US Food and Drug Administration initiative SMARTTots ( and the European Society of Anaesthesiology-sponsored (Brussels, Belgium) EuroStar” consortium (http// have been undertaken in an attempt to elucidate the effects of anesthesia and keep parents informed as they make decisions regarding surgery and anesthesia in their infants and young children.

Division of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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