Neonatal death after hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy: does a postmortem add to the final diagnoses?

BACKGROUND Case review after fatal perinatal asphyxia may have medicolegal implications. Accurate diagnosis of cause of death is therefore essential. OBJECTIVE To determine consent rate and utility of autopsy after fatal grade III hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) presumed to be secondary to birth asphyxia. DESIGN A retrospective clinical review… (More)