Extended ICU stays cause brain damage

October 3, 2013 6:09 PM

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Extended ICU stays cause brain damage

Vanderbilt researchers caution about the use of drug-induced comas for critically ill patients after finding that extended ICU stays can cause mental damage similar to traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer's.

NASHVILLE -- Staying in an intensive care unit is bad for your brain, according to a study by Vanderbilt University researchers, who determined that mental loss persists for as long as a year afterward.

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