To the Editor In their Viewpoint, Dr Psaty and colleagues1 underscored the potential adverse effects of widely used anesthetics on the developing brain. The authors concluded: “No similar safety concerns have been raised for anesthetic agents in adults.” To the contrary, not only has this issue been raised, but it rests on a substantial body of preclinical and clinical research acquired over many decades.
Ward CM, Hogan KJ, Eckenhoff RG. Potential Adverse Effects of Anesthesia in Children. JAMA. 2015;314(4):408-409. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.7378