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Necropsies in the elderly.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6134049     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A retrospective analysis of 332 necropsies in the over-65-year-olds and 129 necropsies in the over 85-year-olds (overall necropsy rate 35%) showed that the commonest cause of death in elderly patients admitted acutely to hospital was pneumonic illnesses. 27-31% of the necropsies revealed the presence of a potentially treatable contributory factor to death that was undiagnosed during life. In only 4.5% of the necropsies in the over-85-year-olds was the cause of death uncertain.
J A Puxty; M A Horan; R A Fox
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lancet     Volume:  1     ISSN:  0140-6736     ISO Abbreviation:  Lancet     Publication Date:  1983 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-07-15     Completed Date:  1983-07-15     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985213R     Medline TA:  Lancet     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1262-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Death Certificates*
Death, Sudden / etiology,  pathology
Geriatric Nursing / standards

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