• Users Online: 455
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 153-156

Perinatal Autopsies in A Tertiary Health Facility in Southwestern Nigeria: A Retrospective Evaluation of 14 Consecutive Cases


1 Department of Morbid Anatomy & Forensic Medicine, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Perinatology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
3 Department of Morbid Anatomy & Forensic Medicine, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
4 Department of Obstectrics & Gynaecology, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Osun state, Nigeria
5 Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
A E Omonisi
Department of Morbid Anatomy & Forensic Medicine, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife
Nigeria
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


Rights and PermissionsRights and Permissions

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 Methode: 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 ongoing study.


[PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed136    
    Printed8    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded24    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal