Committees  |   June 2016
A Pragmatic Update on Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction
Author Affiliations
  • Michael C. Lewis, M.D.
    ASA Committee on Geriatric Anesthesia
  • Marek Brzezinski, M.D., Ph.D.
    ASA Committee on Geriatric Anesthesia
Article Information
Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Geriatric Anesthesia / Committees
Committees   |   June 2016
A Pragmatic Update on Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction
ASA Monitor 06 2016, Vol.80, 54-56.
ASA Monitor 06 2016, Vol.80, 54-56.
Nicole A. Jackman, M.D., Ph.D., is a CA-2 resident, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco.

  Nicole A. Jackman, M.D., Ph.D., is a CA-2 resident, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco.

Michael C. Lewis, M.D., is Professor of Anesthesiology, Wayne State University, and Joseph L. Ponka Chair, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit.

  Michael C. Lewis, M.D., is Professor of Anesthesiology, Wayne State University, and Joseph L. Ponka Chair, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit.

Marek Brzezinski, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco.

  Marek Brzezinski, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco.

Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD), defined as a decline in cognitive performance after surgery as compared to preoperative baseline, has recently emerged as a growing concern in the aging surgical population because of the associated consequences, cost and lack of mechanism-based interventions.1,2 
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