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Invited Commentary This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract Avrahami et al describe an interesting variation on the limited or problem-oriented autopsy. Unlike these procedures, the laparoscopic approach offers several advantages: reduction of invasion of the body, easy application, and at least in the authors' hands with their cases, a rate of identification of lesions comparable to standard autopsy methods. The major limitation to the technique is that it is confined to examination of the abdomen. Since the most common types of disease in hospital deaths are cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurological problems, this is a serious restriction on widespread use of the procedure. Lack of ready access to the necessary equipment would be another difficulty for most hospital autopsy services. Nevertheless, in this era of declining autopsy rates with the consequent loss of valuable information for families, physicians, and trainees, any procedure that meets with greater acceptance by those who must request and those who must grant autopsy permission http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Surgery American Medical Association

Invited Commentary

Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract Avrahami et al describe an interesting variation on the limited or problem-oriented autopsy. Unlike these procedures, the laparoscopic approach offers several advantages: reduction of invasion of the body, easy application, and at least in the authors' hands with their cases, a rate of identification of lesions comparable to standard autopsy...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1995 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0004-0010
eISSN
1538-3644
DOI
10.1001/archsurg.1995.01430040071015
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Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract Avrahami et al describe an interesting variation on the limited or problem-oriented autopsy. Unlike these procedures, the laparoscopic approach offers several advantages: reduction of invasion of the body, easy application, and at least in the authors' hands with their cases, a rate of identification of lesions comparable to standard autopsy methods. The major limitation to the technique is that it is confined to examination of the abdomen. Since the most common types of disease in hospital deaths are cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurological problems, this is a serious restriction on widespread use of the procedure. Lack of ready access to the necessary equipment would be another difficulty for most hospital autopsy services. Nevertheless, in this era of declining autopsy rates with the consequent loss of valuable information for families, physicians, and trainees, any procedure that meets with greater acceptance by those who must request and those who must grant autopsy permission

Journal

Archives of SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 1, 1995

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