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Autopsy after death due to extreme prematurity
  1. D E Elder1,
  2. J M Zuccollo2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Otago University, Wellington, New Zealand
  2. 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Otago University
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Elder
    Department of Paediatrics, WSMHS, PO Box 7343, Wellington, New Zealand;


Autopsy reports for 29 very preterm infants dying at <28 days of age were reviewed. New findings were discovered in 79% and resulted in a significant change in diagnoses in 28%. Iatrogenic lesions were identified in 41% of cases and were the main cause of death in 14%.

  • perinatal
  • autopsy
  • extreme prematurity
  • consent

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