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Table 1 Classification of discrepancies between pre- and post-mortem diagnoses (according to Goldman and colleagues [3])

From: Clinical review: What is the role for autopsy in the ICU?

Major: important underlying conditions and all primary causes of death
   Class I: may have altered therapy or survival
   Class II: would not have altered therapy or survival
Minor: unknown preexisting condition not directly related to the cause of death
   Class III: would not have altered therapy or survival
   Class IV: may have altered therapy or survival
Nondiscrepancy
   Class V: complete agreement between clinical and post-mortem diagnosis
Nonclassifiable
   Class VI: patients died immediately after admission with no diagnostic procedure or refused any diagnostic procedure. Autopsy was unsatisfactory, with no clear findings and no diagnosis could be established