Uptick in behavioral disorders reported in children following prenatal exposure to anesthesia

Children prenatally exposed to anesthesia for maternal surgery during pregnancy were significantly more likely than unexposed children to receive a diagnosis of a disruptive or internalizing behavioral disorder, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral disorders, developmental speech or language disorders, and autism, according to a new study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC).

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