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Psychological functioning after halothane or enflurane anesthesia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7189362     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Halothane and enflurane anesthesia were administered without surgery to young volunteer subjects who were compared with unanesthetized control subjects. All subjects were tested for intellectual function, visual-motor coordination, and personality characteristics, and they were asked to complete a symptom checklist on three occasions: before anesthesia, 2 days after anesthesia, and 2 weeks after anesthesia. Except for slight temporary effects in a few individuals, anesthesia altered neither intellectual or visual-motor measures nor personality characteristics. Although both anesthetics induced a number of symptoms persisting for 2 days after anesthesia, malaise was clearly greater following halothane than enflurane. Halothane was specifically associated with difficulty in remembering things, difficulty in concentrating, faintness or dizziness, and having to do things slowly to do them right. These symptoms were absent at the 2-week test.
L H Storms; A H Stark; R K Calverley; N T Smith
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anesthesia and analgesia     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0003-2999     ISO Abbreviation:  Anesth. Analg.     Publication Date:  1980 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-06-27     Completed Date:  1980-06-27     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1310650     Medline TA:  Anesth Analg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Intelligence / drug effects
Mental Disorders / chemically induced*
Personality / drug effects
Psychological Tests
Reg. No./Substance:
13838-16-9/Enflurane; 151-67-7/Halothane

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