Title

The modern autopsy: what to do if infection is suspected.

Publication/Presentation Date

1-1-2005

Abstract

Deaths due to infectious diseases are common worldwide. The autopsy, although less frequently performed than previously, is important to our understanding of disease pathogenesis. The autopsy also provides critical information regarding potential disease outbreaks. To optimize the benefits of an autopsy, the pathologist should approach the autopsy with a well-constructed differential diagnosis that provides the framework for appropriate selection of diagnostic specimens and tests. Standard microbiologic cultures, although necessary and important, are often insufficient and must be supplemented by newer molecular methodologies.

Volume

36

Issue

6

First Page

713

Last Page

723

ISSN

0188-4409

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

PubMedID

16216653

Department(s)

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Document Type

Article

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