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Diagnostic discrepancies between antemortem clinical diagnosis and autopsy findings in pediatric cancer patients.

Raghuram N, Alodan K, Bartels U, et al. Diagnostic discrepancies between antemortem clinical diagnosis and autopsy findings in pediatric cancer patients. Virchows Arch. 2021;478(6):1179-1185. doi: 10.1007/s00428-020-03002-4.

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September 22, 2021
Raghuram N, Alodan K, Bartels U, et al. Virchows Archiv. 2021;478(6):1179-1185.

Autopsies are an important tool for identifying diagnostic errors. This retrospective study of 821 pediatric cancer deaths found that 10% had a major diagnostic discrepancy between antemortem and postmortem diagnoses. These discrepancies primarily consisted of missed infections, missed cancer diagnoses, and organ complications.

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Raghuram N, Alodan K, Bartels U, et al. Diagnostic discrepancies between antemortem clinical diagnosis and autopsy findings in pediatric cancer patients. Virchows Arch. 2021;478(6):1179-1185. doi: 10.1007/s00428-020-03002-4.