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Postoperative Cognitive Trajectory 

Postoperative Cognitive Trajectory
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Postoperative Cognitive Trajectory
Author(s):

Robert D. Sanders

, Mervyn Maze

, Alex S. Evers

, and Michael S. Avidan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199895724.003.0003
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date: 22 February 2020

Chapter 3 sifts through the evidence and address whether there is a vulnerable subgroup of patients who might be afflicted by long-lasting cognitive decline and, conversely, whether some patients may exhibit a postoperative cognitive improvement (POCI). From the outset it is necessary to qualify, especially for readers unfamiliar with the evidence and the controversies in this field, that the published literature can be interpreted in various ways; currently there is a range of views surrounding the clinical relevance of persistent POCD.

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