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An Pediatr (Barc). 2013 Feb;78(2):81-7. doi: 10.1016/j.anpedi.2012.05.009. Epub 2012 Jun 26.

[Current situation and usefulness of autopsy in a paediatric intensive care unit].

[Article in Spanish]

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Unidad de Gestión Clínica de Cuidados Intensivos Pediátricos, Hospital Regional Universitario Carlos Haya, Málaga, Spain. pagarsol79@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUNDS:

The autopsy is a diagnostic tool in decline over the last few decades. Our purpose is to describe the autopsy rates, the relationship between clinical and post-mortem diagnosis to evaluate the current overall usefulness of the autopsy.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Retrospective review of all cases in which clinical autopsy was performed between January 2004 and December 2009 in a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of a tertiary care hospital.

RESULTS:

Of 154 deaths in the PICU during the study period, 23 autopsies were performed (rate 14.9%). Autopsy rates decreased over the study period; from 26% in 2004 to 11% in 2009. There was a complete correlation (class V) in seven patients (29.1%). Some missed minor diagnosis (class IV) were found in four patients. Five patients had class III discrepancies, and four had class II discrepancies. Major diagnoses were missed in three (17.4%) patients, with a potential adverse impact on survival and that could have changed management in life (Class IA). In three cases (13%) the autopsy results led to parents having genetic counselling.

CONCLUSIONS:

The autopsy rate in our country is low when compared to other developed countries. The fact that in 69.6% of cases the autopsy revealed new findings related with the illness that caused or contributed to death shows that the reasons for performing the autopsy are still valid.

PMID:
22739034
DOI:
10.1016/j.anpedi.2012.05.009
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