Consciousness fluctuation during general anesthesia: a theoretical approach to anesthesia awareness and memory modulation

Marco Cascella, Vincenzo Schiavone, Maria Rosaria Muzio, Arturo Cuomo

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Abstract

With anesthesia awareness as a model of study we debate the both fascinating and dangerous phenomenon called consciousness fluctuation that takes place during surgical anesthesia. In accordance with current scientific knowledge this paradox is the consequence of our limits in both precise knowledge of anesthesia mechanisms and our inability to accurately assess the level of anesthesia with brain monitoring. We also focus on the relationships between memory and anesthesia, as well as the possibility of interfering with memory during general anesthesia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Medical Research and Opinion
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 13 2016

Keywords

  • Consciousness monitors
  • Evoked potentials, auditory
  • Intraoperative awareness
  • Intraoperative monitoring
  • Mental recall

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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