Autopsies in children: are they still useful?

  title={Autopsies in children: are they still useful?},
  author={Praveen Kumar and Jerome B. Taxy and Denise B. Angst and Henry H Mangurten},
  journal={Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine},
  volume={152 6},
BACKGROUND Autopsy has traditionally been the criterion for determining cause of death and has played a major role in medical education and quality control. With increasing use of bedside technology, however, autopsy rates have steadily declined. OBJECTIVE To identify (1) trends in pediatric autopsy rates during the past decade, (2) concordance between antemortem and postmortem diagnoses, and (3) patient characteristics influencing autopsy rates or diagnostic yield. METHODS All pediatric… CONTINUE READING

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