Cognitive function after anaesthesia in the elderly.

  title={Cognitive function after anaesthesia in the elderly.},
  author={Alex Yefim Bekker and Edwin J. Weeks},
  journal={Best practice & research. Clinical anaesthesiology},
  volume={17 2},
Despite advances in peri operative care, a significant percentage of elderly patients experience transient post operative delirium and/or long-term post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). This chapter reviews the aetiology, clinical features, preventive strategies and treatment of these syndromes. Pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative risk factors for delirium and POCD following cardiac and non-cardiac surgery are discussed. It is most likely that the aetiology of delirium and… CONTINUE READING