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Can anesthesia trigger delayed-onset posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans?
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PMID:  22724403     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE:   The clinical presentation of a 60-year-old Vietnam veteran who developed delayed-onset posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after surgery is presented along with mechanisms for storing traumatic memory and a discussion of the potential contributions of anesthesia and aging to his clinical presentation.
CONCLUSION:   Although additional research is needed to clarify the contributions of memory processes, anesthesia, and aging in delayed-onset PTSD, prudent clinicians will be cognizant of a potential correlation and screen patients appropriately.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:   A thorough surgical and anesthetic exposure history should be explored in presentations of delayed-onset posttraumatic disorder symptomatology. Additionally, clinicians working with trauma patients who anticipate surgery are uniquely positioned to serve as a liaison between the patient, surgeon, and anesthetist, thereby decreasing the potential for delayed-onset PTSD.
Kathrene Carter Berger; Kathleen Scharer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-11-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perspectives in psychiatric care     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1744-6163     ISO Abbreviation:  Perspect Psychiatr Care     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401133     Medline TA:  Perspect Psychiatr Care     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  170-5     Citation Subset:  N    
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© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Kathrene Carter Berger, DNP, BSN, BA, RN, is a PhD student, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; and Kathleen Scharer, PhD, RN PMH CNS-BC, FAAN, is Full Professor, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
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