Tuesday, November 11, 2008

No Drop in IQ Seen After Bypass

ScienceDaily, Nov 10, 2008 -- Good news for older children facing cardiopulmonary bypass, or CPB. Scientists at the Cardiac Center of Children's Hospital recently conducted a study of children aged five to 18 who underwent heart surgery while on a heart-lung machine to circulate their blood. The research found that the use of CPB does not cause short-term neurological problems in children and teenagers after surgery for less complex heart defects (such as valves or ASDs/VSDs), according to pediatric researchers. The new finding contrasts favorably with previous studies that showed adverse neurological effects after newborn surgery for more complex heart conditions.

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