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Tailoring a rapid autopsy protocol to explore cancer evolution: a patient collaboration.

N Z Med J 2019 10 4;132(1503):83-92. Epub 2019 Oct 4.

Medical Oncologist, The Maurice Wilkins Centre for Biodiscovery, The University of Auckland, Auckland; Discipline of Oncology, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland, Auckland; Auckland District Health Board, Auckland.

Genomic analysis of tissues from rapid autopsy programmes has transformed our understanding of cancer. However, these programmes are not yet established in New Zealand. Our neuroendocrine tumour research group, NETwork!, received a request from a patient wishing to donate tumour tissues post-mortem. Read More

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October 2019

Engaging communities in collecting and using results from verbal autopsies for child deaths: an example from urban slums in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

J Glob Health 2019 Jun;9(1):010419

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Background: Verbal autopsies (VAs) can provide important epidemiological information about the causes of child deaths. Though studies have been conducted to assess the validity of various types of VAs, the programmatic experience of engaging local communities in collecting and using VA has received little attention in the published literature. Concern Worldwide, an international non-governmental organization (NGO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), has implemented a VA protocol in five urban slums of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Read More

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[The role of medical autopsies as a quality control of patients management in internal medicine units].

Rev Med Suisse 2016 Nov;12(540):2015-2019

Service de médecine interne, CHUV, 1011 Lausanne.

The number of medical autopsies has declined in recent decades due to the development of imaging techniques and some risks linked to autopsies. However, the contribution of autopsy is diagnostically significant, even better than new technologies currently available. It is thus a good indicator of quality, but also a training tool, and has a significant impact in the grieving process. Read More

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November 2016

Autopsy of Adult Patients Deceased in an Academic Hospital: Considerations of Doctors and Next-of-Kin in the Consent Process.

PLoS One 2016 13;11(10):e0163811. Epub 2016 Oct 13.

Department of Pathology, Erasmus University Medical Centre, PO Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Introduction: Hospital autopsies, vanishing worldwide, need to be requested by clinicians and consented to by next-of-kin. The aim of this prospective observational study was to examine how often and why clinicians do not request an autopsy, and for what reasons next-of-kin allow, or refuse it.

Methods: Clinicians at the Erasmus University Medical Centre were asked to complete a questionnaire when an adult patient had died. Read More

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Through the lens of the clinician: autopsy services and utilization in a large teaching hospital in Ghana.

BMC Res Notes 2014 Dec 23;7:943. Epub 2014 Dec 23.

Department of Community Health, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Room 46, P, O, Box 4236, Korle-Bu, Accra, Ghana.

Background: Declining hospital autopsy rates in many countries have generated considerable concern. The survey determined challenges of the autopsy service in a large Teaching Hospital in Ghana, from the perspective of clinicians.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study of doctors at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) over in 2012. Read More

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December 2014

Cost-consequence analysis of cause of death investigation in Finland and in Denmark.

Forensic Sci Int 2014 12 31;245:133-42. Epub 2014 Oct 31.

Public Health and Epidemiology Group, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Niels Jernes Vej 14, 3-209, 9220 Aalborg, Denmark. Electronic address:

The 1990s 12-16% total autopsy rate in Denmark has until now declined to 4%, while in Finland, it has remained between 25 and 30%. The decision to proceed with a forensic autopsy is based on national legislation, but it can be assumed that the financing of autopsies influences the decision process. Only little is known about the possible differences between health economics of Finnish and Danish cause of death investigation systems. Read More

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December 2014

An analysis of the murder of women in a 10-year period in Eskişehir Province located in western Anatolia in Turkey.

J Forensic Leg Med 2013 Aug 28;20(6):736-9. Epub 2013 May 28.

Council of Forensic Medicine, Eskisehir, Turkey.

Murder of women generally occurs as a result of violence by their husbands and relatives. We evaluated the female victims of murder in Eskişehir, located in western Anatolia, where the education level is high in this study. Our aim was to assess and discuss data related to the victims and murderers. Read More

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Weapon identification using antemortem computed tomography with virtual 3D and rapid prototype modeling--a report in a case of blunt force head injury.

Forensic Sci Int 2012 Oct 29;222(1-3):e29-32. Epub 2012 Jun 29.

Department of Forensic Medicine, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków, Poland.

A frequent request of a prosecutor referring to forensic autopsy is to determine the mechanism of an injury and to identify the weapons used to cause those injuries. This task could be problematic in many ways, including changes in the primary injury caused by medical intervention and the process of healing. To accomplish this task, the forensic pathologist has to gather all possible information during the post-mortem examination. Read More

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October 2012

A difficult conversation? The views and experiences of parents and professionals on the consent process for perinatal postmortem after stillbirth.

BJOG 2012 Jul 16;119(8):987-97. Epub 2012 May 16.

Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, Manchester Academic Science Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

Objective: To describe the experiences, knowledge and views of both parents and professionals regarding the consent process for perinatal postmortem.

Design: Internet-based survey.

Setting: Obstetricians, midwives and perinatal pathologists currently working in the UK. Read More

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Postmortem studies in the contemporary pediatric intensive care unit.

Pediatr Crit Care Med 2011 Nov;12(6):617-21

Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Objectives: To describe the implementation of an educational program that achieved high compliance with autopsy requests and consents in a pediatric intensive care unit. To evaluate the concordance between clinical diagnoses and autopsy findings and to identify patient characteristics in which postmortem diagnosis elucidated the primary disease process.

Design: Retrospective, observational study. Read More

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November 2011

Families' reflections on the process of brain donation following coronial autopsy.

Cell Tissue Bank 2012 Mar 8;13(1):89-101. Epub 2010 Dec 8.

Schizophrenia Research Institute, Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia.

This study aims to explore families' reflections on their decision to donate brain tissue to the NSW Tissue Resource Centre (NSW TRC), Australia. Specifically, the study aims to investigate respondents' initial reactions to the request for donation, primary reasons for their decision, and subsequent satisfaction levels. Participants were next-of-kin (NOK) contacted between May 2002 and May 2008, on the day of their relative's autopsy, who agreed to donate brain tissue to the NSW TRC for medical research. Read More

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Phlegmasia cerulea dolens: rare complication of vena cava filter placement in man with paraplegia.

Kazuko Shem

J Spinal Cord Med 2008 ;31(4):398-402

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California 95128, USA.

Objective: To describe a complication of placement of an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter in a man with paraplegia.

Design: Case report.

Participants/methods: A 48-year-old man with T11 paraplegia secondary to an L1 burst fracture underwent thoracic spinal fusion. Read More

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November 2008

Is routine histopathologic examination beneficial in all medicolegal autopsies?

Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2007 Mar;28(1):1-3

Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office, San Antonio, Texas 78229, USA.

Postmortem examinations are performed for a number of reasons. Medical autopsies are performed at the request of and with the consent of the next of kin of a decedent and are often requested to determine the extent of a disease process or to evaluate therapy. In contrast, medicolegal autopsies are performed by a forensic pathologist primarily to determine cause and manner of death but also to document trauma, diagnose potentially infectious diseases and report them to the appropriate agencies, provide information to families about potentially inheritable diseases, provide information to family members and investigative agencies, and testify in court. Read More

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Family members' experiences of autopsy.

Fam Pract 2001 Jun;18(3):304-8

Department of General Practice, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Background: The experiences of family members will teach us how to handle an autopsy, the ultimate quality assessment tool.

Objective: The aim of this study was to determine surviving family members' experience of autopsy.

Method: Seven GPs were asked to approach surviving family members of autopsied patients to ask for their co-operation with an interview about their experiences. Read More

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The autopsy. Simple thoughts about the public needs and how to address them.

Am J Clin Pathol 1996 Oct;106(4 Suppl 1):S11-4

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, St. Paul's Hospital-University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Dialogue regarding the autopsy has been sustained largely by medical students and professionals, and by families of deceased patients. Exclusion of the general public may represent a significant reason for the inexorable decline of autopsy rates and politicoeconomic support. Sensitivity to public concerns regarding the autopsy process carries far-reaching moral and educational significance. Read More

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October 1996

The therapeutic value in the autopsy request.

J Relig Health 1986 Jun;25(2):161-6

Chaplain Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Recently the number of autopsies performed in the United States has declined. Although the benefits of the autopsy for physicians are many, we maintain, based on our own experiences, that it helps them accept the reality of loss of a loved one and enables them to begin the process of "letting go". Realization of the therapeutic value of the autopsy request should enable those who work with the recently bereaved, such as physicians and clergy, to fulfill more effective roles. Read More

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Factors influencing neonatal autopsy rate.

Am J Dis Child 1982 Sep;136(9):781-4

To determine if common clinical factors are associated with the neonatal autopsy rate, we conducted a retrospective analysis of 117 deaths in a neonatal intensive care unit. The autopsy rate of neonatal deaths was significantly greater than the autopsy rate of adult and non-neonatal pediatric deaths. In the newborn period, the autopsy rate of transported patients was significantly less than that of inborn patients. Read More

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September 1982
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