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Autopsy study of pediatric deaths.
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PMID:  11876115     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Childhood autopsies occurring during January 1997 to December 1999 were reviewed. METHOD: Of the total 1,445 deaths autopsied, 441 (30.5%) were of pediatric patients. RESULT: Of these deaths, 70.3% occurred during neonatal period, 8.6% in infancy, and 21.1% in childhood. Birth asphyxia (57.7%) was the most frequent mode of death in the neonatal period. Infections (67.2%) predominantly accounted for infant and childhood mortality, those of respiratory tract (46.1%) being most frequent in infancy, early and mid childhood, and enteric fever in late childhood (33.3%). Discrepancy between ante-mortem and post-mortem diagnosis occurred in 29 cases (6.6%). CONCLUSION: Autopsy is an important clinical tool providing useful information to the physician. Few published reports are available on pediatric autopsies. This study aims to help in a better understanding of causes of deaths in neonates, infants and children.
S R Dalal; M V Jadhav; S D Deshmukh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Indian journal of pediatrics     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0019-5456     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian J Pediatr     Publication Date:  2002 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-03-05     Completed Date:  2002-04-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417442     Medline TA:  Indian J Pediatr     Country:  India    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  23-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pathology, B.J. Medical College, Sassoon General Hospitals, Pune, India.
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MeSH Terms
Cause of Death*
Child, Preschool
India / epidemiology
Infant, Newborn

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