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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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TAMANAHA, Fernanda; FUKSMAN, Rosa; PEDRAZA, Ana  and  PRUDENT, Luis. What is the value of neonatal autopsy? Pathological and clinical correlation in 135 cases. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2017, vol.115, n.5, pp.490-492. ISSN 0325-0075.

Introduction. Neonatal autopsy is a valuable, critical diagnostic method to provide genetic counseling for future pregnancies. Population and methods. Retrospective study including all neonatal autopsies performed on deceased neonates at Clínica y Maternidad Suizo Argentina between January 1998 and December 2006. The rate of autopsies was established; the diagnosis indicated in the medical record was compared to autopsy findings. Results. Out of 227 deceased infants, 135 autopsies were performed (rate: 59.5%). Concordance was complete in 25% of autopsies. New information was found in 26%, which had significant implications for genetic counseling. Conclusions. The rate of autopsies was 59.5%. Pathological and clinical correlation and unsuspected findings with implications for genetic counseling demonstrate the relevance of performing neonatal autopsies systematically.

Keywords : Autopsy; Newborn infant; Rate; Pathological and clinical correlation; Genetic counseling.

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