Prevalence of Respiratory Pathology In a Cohort of 784 Adult AutopsiesPublic
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Respiratory pathologic findings are said to be common in autopsy populations, however their nature and true prevalence is not well documented. We reviewed the autopsy protocols of 1107 autopsies performed at UMass Medical Center (Worcester) over an eleven year period, ending April 2, 2007. The data documents an extraordinarily high prevalence of respiratory tract disease among a large cohort of adult patients coming to autopsy at a large tertiary university--based medical center. Among the various diagnostic groups, pneumonia with its attendant morbidity and potential for mortality represented the single largest group of respiratory diseases in this autopsy population.
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