Correspondence  |   August 2019
Nomenclature for Perioperative Cognitive Disorders: Comment
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  • Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina (J.P.M). joseph.mathew@duke.edu
  • (Accepted for publication May 9, 2019.)
    (Accepted for publication May 9, 2019.)×
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   August 2019
Nomenclature for Perioperative Cognitive Disorders: Comment
Anesthesiology 8 2019, Vol.131, 443-444. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002831
Anesthesiology 8 2019, Vol.131, 443-444. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002831
Recently, Evered et al.1  published recommendations for a common nomenclature to describe cognitive change after anesthesia and surgery. We wholeheartedly applaud this effort, which is long overdue, and congratulate Evered et al. on the successful completion of this challenging project that tried to achieve consensus among the numerous groups that seek to understand and improve brain health after surgery. While we are in agreement with the vast majority of the recommendations, we believe that use of the term “delayed neurocognitive recovery” to describe cognitive decline in the first 30 days after surgery is not supported by scientific data and is inappropriate.