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Aged rats are impaired on a spatial memory task for at least 24-48 h after isoflurane-nitrous oxide anesthesia. In this study, we tested how long the impairment lasts and investigated the role of nitrous oxide. Eighteen-month-old rats were randomized to anesthesia for 2 h with 1.2% isoflurane with or without 70% nitrous oxide or a control group (30%(More)
We have previously demonstrated that general anesthesia with 1.2% isoflurane-70% nitrous oxide impairs acquisition of a radial arm maze task in both young and aged rats when testing begins 2 days after anesthesia and in aged rats when testing begins 2 wk later. We designed this study to examine whether postanesthesia learning impairment is persistent in(More)
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