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Revista Científica Ciencia Médica

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GARCIA REYES, Ana Margarita et al. Discrepancies between the Clinical and Anatomy-Pathological diagnosis at the Hospital Escuela Universitario in Honduras. Rev Cient Cienc Méd [online]. 2016, vol.19, n.2, pp.20-26. ISSN 2077-3323.

Diagnostic quality is the result of the integration of medical knowledge and recognition of clinical error, achieved only by identifying the cause of death; clinical pathological correlation is the primary tool for this action. The overall objective of this research was to determine clinical pathological discrepancy and its relationship with other variables within the autopsies performed at the institution. 159 autopsy protocols, elaborated by the Department of Pathology of Hospital Escuela Universitario in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from January 2012 to June 2016, were reviewed. 36 were excluded for not meeting the inclusion criteria. ICD-10 and Goldman et al. modified by Battle criteria were used to classify diseases and establish diagnostic discrepancies, respectively. The majority of patients were female (2.96:1), the mean age was 38 years old; diagnoses of pregnancy/birth/puerperium and infectious and parasitic diseases prevailed. We conclude that diagnostic discrepancies exist in 46% of all cases and glomerulonephritis was the leading cause of error, followed by bronchopneumonia. It is recommended that autopsy protocols be standardized, and integrative clinical pathological sessions are promoted and integral.

Keywords : autopsy; Goldman's classification; clinico-pathologic discrepancies.

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