Available online Jul 19, 2018.
[ Original ] Volume 23, Issue 2, 2014, Pages 153-156
Background: Perinatal autopsy remains a valuable tool in perinatal medicine. It provides an insight into
the genetic implications of subsequent pregnancies and also helps reduce parental events such as
maternal illness or maternal use of medications. The practice is not popularly acceptable in our
environment for socio-cultural reasons. The scarcity of pathologists who are interested in this aspect of
pathology is also an issue. No wonder, the literature is scanty on the cases of perinatal autopsy reported
in our environment.
Material and Methods: This was a retrospective review of patients' medical and autopsy records to
measure the perinatal autopsy rate at a tertiary health institution and identify the trends over the last 12
months (January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010).This study also aim examining any discordance
between antemortem diagnoses and postmortem diagnoses.
Results: of 263 perinatal deaths, autopsies were requested and performed in 14 of the cases
representing a perinatal autopsy rate of 5.3%.New information was obtained in 64.3% of the cases.
The birth weights of the infants ranged from 500g to 3600g with their gestational ages ranged from 22
weeks to 41 weeks.
Conclusions: This study is a preliminary report that serves principally to provide base line data for the
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Volume 23 | Issue 2
Page Nos. 153-156
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