Autism Symptoms Linked to General Anesthesia in Some Childbirths


General anesthesia during Cesarean births may be putting newborns at higher risk of developing autism, according to Israeli researchers, The Times of Israel reported on Tuesday.

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheva published findings that indicate a significant correlation between the use of general anesthesia and symptoms of autism.

“We have known for many years that children born by Cesarean are at higher risk of autism, but we weren’t able to quantify exactly why,” Dr. Idan Menashe of BGU’s Department of Public Health and the Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience said in a press release.

The conclusions in the study were based on a comparison of the birth records of 350 children diagnosed with autism and 2,000 control births.

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