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Autopsies in children continue to reveal unanticipated discrepancies between autopsy findings and antemortem clinical diagnoses
  1. A Narayanan,
  2. K Thorburn,
  3. P Baines
  1. Department of Paediatric Intensive Care, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  1. Kentigern Thorburn, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Eaton Road, Liverpool L12 2AP, UK; kent.thorburn{at}

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Autopsies played a major role in advancing medical knowledge and education during the 19th and 20th centuries, but autopsy rates have fallen, particularly since the 1950s.1 2 Goldman developed a classification system categorising missed diagnoses identified at postmortem based on their potential impact on the patient’s clinical course.2 As a regional multidisciplinary tertiary-referral paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), we performed a retrospective cohort review of clinical data, death summaries …

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