A new study conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and the Children’s Hospital in Boston has found that young children who undergo multiple medical procedures involving the use of anesthesia may be at a higher risk of developing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the study, children younger than two years old who were subjected to more than one procedure involving anesthesia had a statistically higher likelihood of developing ADHD.
Through the study, researchers analyzed more than 5,300 children’s medical records and found that, while the exact relationship between anesthesia and ADHD is still unknown, anesthesia and ADHD appear to be correlated. While the study could only examine the medical records of the children and not subject them to testing, tests involving rodents have proven that exposure to anesthesia is linked to memory and learning problems. Researchers stressed that the benefits of necessary surgical procedures on children generally outweigh the risks of anesthesia and ADHD.
The study’s authors suggested that doctors should base their use of surgery involving anesthesia for young children on what is best for the child and not on unknown risks and fears, such as the development of ADHD. Additionally, doctors should take precautions, including minimizing the length of time that an infant is exposed to anesthesia, to avoid complications. The study found no link between use of anesthesia for adults and ADHD.
The attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush understand the risks that any surgical procedures present for patients, as well as the dangers that can result of medical errors during surgery. We have handled many cases involving anesthesia errors, some of which have resulted in death. Our Rhode Island anesthesia error lawyers are dedicated to representing injured clients by securing financial compensation for injuries sustained and holding negligent medical providers accountable for their actions. For more information about how our experienced attorneys can successfully resolve your case, please call us today at (401) 274-7400.