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ASA Quality Meeting 2014

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Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit

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Major dopamine system helps restore consciousness after general anesthesia, study finds

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Researchers may be one step closer to better understanding how anesthesia works.  A study in the August issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), found stimulating a major dopamine-producing region in the brain, the ventral tegmental area (VTA), caused rats to wake from general anesthesia, suggesting that this region plays a key role in restoring consciousness after general anesthesia.  Activating this region at the end of surgery could provide a novel approach to proactively induce consciousness from anesthesia in surgical patients, researchers say.

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