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VALDEZ-MARTINEZ, EDITH; ARROYO-LUNAGOMEZ, ERNESTO  and  LANDERO-LOPEZ, LUIS. Clinico-pathological concordance at autopsies . Salud pública Méx [online]. 1998, vol.40, n.1, pp.32-37. ISSN 0036-3634.

Objective. To determine the degree of concordance between clinical and autopsy diagnosis. Material and methods. The records of 67 autopsies and clinical files of children and adults, comprising the years 1995 to 1996, from a third level hospital in the State of Veracruz, Mexico, were revised. The concordance score was calculated with the statistical kappa. Results. In general, the rate of autopsy was 10.5%, with higher frequency for children (17.5%). In children, 59% of clinical diagnoses revealed mistakes and in adults, 57%. The degree of agreement in the underlying cause ante and postmortem was 6% in children and 41% in adults. Conclusions The high rate of diagnostic error and low concordance score between clinical and autopsy diagnosis strongly suggests that, in spite of increased availability of modern diagnostic techniques, the necessity of postmortem studies to control the level of medical practice is evident.

Keywords : diagnostic error; diagnosis [clinical]; pathology; Mexico.

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