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Table 2 Class I discrepancies

From: Discrepancies between clinical and postmortem diagnoses in critically ill patients: an observational study

Clinical cause of death Postmortem findings
Pneumonia Myocardium infarction
Pneumonia Pulmonary oedema/ischaemic heart disease
Pneumonia Pulmonary embolism
Pneumonia Post-oesophagectomy Tracheogastric fistula
Aspiration pneumonia Multiorgan failure Bleeding oesophageal varices
Multiorgan failure Myocardial Infarction
Septic shock Myocardial infarction
Multiorgan failure Bowel infarction
Hepatitis Inferior vena cava thrombosis
Multiorgan failure ?Lymphoma Sepsis/perirenal abscess
  1. Shown are the findings in the 10 patients with class I discrepancies. Class I discrepancies represent major missed diagnoses in which knowledge of the postmortem findings might have altered treatment and/or prolonged survival.